Traffic stop uncovers $10 million in cocaine

A patrol officer was tipped off by an off-duty detective to a car making an illegal lane change


Saudi Press Agency

DENVER — A routine police traffic stop in the state of Colorado led to the discovery of 220 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $10 million in the rental car of a California couple, according to police.

Mark Bailey and Lisa Calderon, both of Sylmar, California, were arrested on Sunday in the city of Pueblo on suspicion of cocaine possession, Deputy Police Chief Andrew McLachlan said.

"This is definitely the largest cocaine seizure in our department's history," McLachlan told Reuters.

McLachlan said a patrol officer was tipped off by an off-duty detective to a car making an illegal lane change about 115 miles south of Denver.

The north-south highway has long been a drug-smuggling corridor, he said. When the officer pulled over the rented Chevrolet Malibu, he discovered that Bailey's California driver's license had been revoked.

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