Officials at the border crossing station had noticed a tour bus coming through numerous times before and started to become suspicious – there were no passengers on board.
Last Tuesday, the tour bus came through the San Ysidro port of entry at 4:00 am, investigators decided to follow it. The bus drove to the Wilmington auto shop, where two people starting unloading cargo from the left rear wheel well of the bus – a hidden compartment that had not been discovered when the bus was searched at the border.
The investigators came back to the business at 9:00 a.m. with a search warrant. The found 182 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of about $10 million, which had been smuggled into the country via the hidden compartment on the bus.
Three people were arrested, Victor Fainz Maranda, Jaime Jimenez and Humberto Vazquez. It is unknown exactly where the cocaine came from, or how many previous shipments the bus had already brought across the border.
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