San Diego CBP Officers Find 133 Pounds of Cocaine in Propane Tank

San Ysidro, California - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Saturday morning discovered about 133 pounds of cocaine concealed inside of a propane tank that was strapped to the bed of a truck.

At about 3:45 a.m., CBP officers encountered a 39-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2003 Ford F-250 pick up truck as he entered the port. A CBP officer roving the area saw the propane tank in the back of the truck and pulled the driver and vehicle aside for a more in-depth investigation.

A CBP officer ran the truck through the port’s imaging system and discovered anomalies with the tank. Officers searched the tank and discovered an access panel where they extracted 55 packages of cocaine. The cocaine has a street value of $1.4 million.

CBP officers seized the cocaine and truck. The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

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