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Drug Runners Hide Almost $6.5 M in Cocaine Inside Soda Shipment

Drug Runners Hide Almost $6.5 M in Cocaine Inside Soda Shipment

MCALLEN, Texas — Authorities seized more than 202 pounds of cocaine valued at $6,490,000 that had been hidden in a tractor trailer carrying a shipment of sodas.

The seizure was made this week at the Rio Grande City International Bridge when a man drove the tractor trailer to an inspection booth and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer referred him to a secondary inspection area, according to information provided by CBP to Breitbart Texas.

During the secondary inspection, CBP officers had the vehicle scanned using high tech imaging equipment and ended up finding 80 packages of cocaine weighing more than 202 pounds hidden within the soda shipment inside the trailer. The drugs have a street value of $6,490,000, CBP officials said.

The drugs and the trailer were seized; however court records do not show if the driver of the vehicle was charged or if he was not aware of the load.

“This outstanding interception of narcotics is a true testament of our officers’ commitment towards the CBP mission in keeping drugs from crossing our international borders,” said CBP Rio Grande City Acting Port Director Richard Diaz.

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