Nearly $5 million dollars' worth of cocaine was seized in Canadian County. The Sheriff's Office said the nearly 83 pounds of drugs were hidden, but not well enough. Many times cartels will use legitimate businesses to haul drugs, and sometimes the driver doesn't even know it which is exactly what authorities said happened in this case.
The sun had just gone down, and the weekend was coming to close, but Canadian County deputies opened up a new case. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday when they noticed a semi hauling a load of cars and veering off to the left, the deputy pulled over the driver.
“He was concerned that it could have been a sleepy driver or maybe an intoxicated driver,” Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West said.
Neither was the case. The deputy asked to search the vehicle, and the driver had no problems with it. Authorities believed as far as he knew he thought he was just hauling a load of cars from Arizona to Oklahoma. The driver may have been clueless, but deputies were not.
“Cartels have kind of morphed in the way that they transport these drugs,” West said. “Over the years they've gone from cars to maybe putting them in boats or Seadoos and pickups to using commercial motor vehicles.”
They searched every vehicle, but there was one that immediately sent up red flags.
“In the back of this Chrysler Pacifica it was clear that the backseat had been monkeyed with somehow,” West said.
Inside the car, deputies found more than 82 pounds of cocaine with a street value of nearly $5 million. The 35 kilos never made it to Oklahoma City. The packages were wrapped in cellophane, carbon paper, packing tape and graphite powder to conceal the odor from drug dogs in one of the largest seizures of cocaine ever made in Oklahoma.
The driver was not arrested and was let go along with the four other vehicles in the load.