The 480 pounds of cocaine seized in Calexico. Courtesy CBP

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico Port of Entry in Imperial County seized 480 pounds of cocaine worth $7.6 million on Thursday from a U.S. citizen.

At approximately 8 a.m., a 46-year-old man in a 2008 Ford F350 pickup arrived at the port of entry and was referred to further examination due to inconsistencies in his statements.

As the truck drove through an X-ray imaging system, anomalies were spotted in the bed area of the vehicle. A drug sniffing dog then alerted officers to a non-factory auxiliary fuel tank located on the bed of the truck.

Officers discovered 182 packages of cocaine hidden in the tank and arrested the driver, who was booked into a federal detention facility in El Centro on criminal charges.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.