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Special fuel tank compartment found filled with cocaine


A semi truck equipped with a special fuel tank compartment was caught attempting to smuggle cocaine through the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility on Monday. 

The contraband was found inside of “a non-factory compartment” in the fuel tanks on May 20th at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility near San Diego, California. 

According to Fox 5 San Diego, the 35-year-old truck driver was applying for entry from Mexico and had a valid border crossing card at the time the cocaine was discovered. A K9 officer alerted to the possible contraband during a secondary inspection, revealing the 160 packages. 

The packages weighed in at 412.26 pounds. 

“The continued success of OFO canine teams in the detection of narcotics is a team effort,” said Rosa E. Hernandez, port director for the Area Ports of Otay Mesa. “We will continue to conduct
operations, including Operation Apollo, while leveraging intelligence and investigative
information to target drug traffickers’ supply chains.”

The incident is still under investigation.


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