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Nearly 200 pounds of cocaine valued at $4.5M seized at Arizona Topock Port of Entry

Jun 15, 2022, 1:00 PM
(Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team Photo)...
(Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team Photo)
(Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team Photo)

PHOENIX — A commercial vehicle driver was arrested last week after an officer confiscated nearly 200 pounds of cocaine from a truck at the Arizona Topock Port of Entry, authorities said.

An officer from the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Enforcement and Compliance Division made a traffic stop on June 6 and escorted the truck and performed and performed an inspection, ADOT said in a press release.

During the inspection, problems with travel logs and the driver’s testimony arose, causing the officer to ask if he could conduct a search of the vehicle.

The driver granted consent and the officer found three large boxes containing the cocaine in the sleeper compartment.

Authorities said the total amount of cocaine, 198.6 pounds, has an estimated street value of $4.5 million.

The driver, who was not identified, was turned over to the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, who took over investigation of the case.

The task force is made up of officers from various local law enforcement agencies in the Mohave County area.

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Nearly 200 pounds of cocaine valued at $4.5M seized at Arizona Topock Port of Entry