A San Ysidro man was charged in federal court Thursday with a drug-related offense after an Oceanside police officer discovered millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine and cocaine hidden inside the floorboards, door panels, center console and elsewhere in the defendant’s vehicle.
According to a federal complaint, the officer was conducting random vehicle registration checks about 12:40 a.m. on Harbor Drive in Oceanside when he noticed a Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV with expired tags.
The officer saw 44-year-old Ricardo Lujan get in the vehicle and stopped the SUV when Lujan tried to drive away.
While talking to the officer, Lujan, the registered owner of the vehicle, appeared nervous and agreed to a search of the SUV, authorities said.
A Border Patrol canine handler responded to help with the search and his dog alerted to the odor of narcotics, authorities said.
Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, San Diego Narcotics Task Force, subsequently searched Lujan’s vehicle and found 99 packages that were vacuum sealed in plastic containers of cocaine and 58 rectangular packages vacuum sealed in plastic containers of methamphetamine.
The agents seized approximately 89.50 kilograms of cocaine and 68.90 kilograms of methamphetamine.
The estimated wholesale value of the cocaine is about $1.7 million and the estimated value of the methamphetamine is about $450,000, according to authorities.
Lujan is scheduled to appear before Magistrate Judge Barbara Major for arraignment Friday afternoon.
–City News Service
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