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$1M of cocaine found in truck's fuel tank at border crossing

Photo of cocaine found inside hidden compartment (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Photo of cocaine found inside hidden compartment (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials say an officer's suspicions and use of a drug-smelling dog and an X-ray system led to the discovery of cocaine with an estimated street value $1 million at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing.
           
Customs and Border Protection officials say 31 pounds (14 kilograms) of cocaine were found Wednesday in a pickup's fuel tank at the Santa Teresa port of entry in southern New Mexico.
           
Officials say an officer making a secondary examination noticed irregularities in the vehicle's appearance and that the dog then alerted for the presence of narcotics. The X-ray system showed anomalies within the fuel tank. It was removed and opened, resulting in the discovery of 12 cocaine-filled packages.
           
The driver, a 22-year-old American male from El Paso, Texas, was arrested. His name wasn't released.

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