San Diego Sector Border Patrol Agents seized 26 pounds of cocaine hidden beneath the center console of a truck on Thursday morning on Interstate 5 near the San Clemente checkpoint.
Border Patrol agents stopped a man driving a 2004 Ford F-150 at 8:30 a.m. when a K-9 unit alerted the agents during a search.
An after-market compartment was discovered beneath the truck’s center console concealing 12 bundles of cocaine. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the bundles weighed 26.46 pounds in total and carried an estimated street value of $423,360.
The man, a 49-year-old U.S. citizen, was taken into custody by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by the U.S Border Patrol.