18 pounds of cocaine found at checkpoint

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Article Date: 2/17/2010 | Resource: MLG

18 pounds of cocaine found at checkpoint

About 18 pounds of cocaine were spotted in a checkpoint along 5 freeway over the weekend, authorities said.

The Saturday morning seizure is estimated to have a street value of about $300,000, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department were conducting a checkpoint near the San Clemente Border Patrol inspection station Saturday, where they spotted the cocaine. The checkpoint was being conducted under a Department of Homeland Security grant, Operation Stonegarden, geared at targeting smugglers along the freeway.

During the checkpoint, deputies spotted two men in a newer model white Dodge truck at about 11 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s department. When deputies questioned them, the men gave differing accounts as to where they were headed.

With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, deputies were alerted that drugs may be hidden in the truck. After a search, deputies found the 18 pounds of cocaine, according to the statement.

The identities of the two men were have not been released.

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Jeffrey Marquart