$1.5 mil­lion in co­caine found in bor­der chase

An SUV driver who fled a check­point in Te­mec­ula is ar­rested on nar­cotics charges.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha @la­times.com

When U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Protection au­thor­i­ties stopped an SUV that eluded a check­point in­spec­tion this week in Te­mec­ula, they got a $1.5-mil­lion sur­prise. In the rear cargo area of the 2000 In­fin­ity QX4 was about 101 pounds of co­caine hid­den in a speaker box and a plas­tic con­tainer, of­fi­cials said.

The ve­hi­cle’s driver, a 46year-old man whom au­thor­i­ties did not iden­tify, was ar­rested on nar­cotics charges.

Ac­cord­ing to Bor­der Pa­trol of­fi­cials, the man stopped at a check­point on In­ter­state 15 about 8 a.m. Tues­day. When he was asked to head to­ward a sec­ond check­point, he sped away.

A brief pur­suit led agents into a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood, where the man ex­ited the SUV and ran away.

When the agents caught up to him, one used a Taser on the man and ar­rested him, ac­cord­ing to the Bor­der Pa­trol.

Agents later searched the ve­hi­cle and found the 37 bun­dles of co­caine, of­fi­cials said. The ve­hi­cle and its con­tents were seized by the Bor­der Pa­trol.

U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Protection

AGENTS said 101 pounds of co­caine were hid­den in a speaker box and a plas­tic con­tainer in the SUV.

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