Ford pickup carrying $1.5 million worth of cocaine stopped near El Paso

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — U.S. Border Patrol agents found nearly 50 pounds of cocaine in a truck that drove through a checkpoint early Tuesday morning.

A white Ford truck with temporary Oklahoma plates was stopped at around 4 p.m. at the border checkpoint east of El Paso.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release, a drug-sniffing dog inspected the vehicle and discovered 49 pounds of cocaine.

The drugs were hidden below a trap door that was leading to the truck’s fuel tank.

The driver was a 23-year-old man who is a U.S. citizen. He was arrested on the spot and is awaiting criminal prosecution by the Drug Enforcement Administration. His name was not released by Border Patrol.

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