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US$500,000 worth of cocaine found in a used MPV

By FaezClutchless on 18 Dec 2011

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Usually when someone buys a used car, he/she will find some item left behind by the previous owner. Most of the time the item is left behind due to the previous owner totally forgotten about the item or he/she can’t be bothered to remove the item at all. It could be an umbrella, street directory and even loose change stuck in between seats.

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As for myself, I found a rather nauseating techno CD left in my car’s stereo player after a few days when I got my car. Anyway, when a man from the United States found some cocaine in his recently purchased second hand car, he was pretty shaken by the surprising find.

Dr. Charles Preston from San Jose, California purchased a used 2008 Chrysler Town & Country minivan from a Thrifty Car Sales dealer about 15 months ago. Normally, Charles Preston (who is a psychologist) uses the car only for transporting and delivering food to the homeless.

When he first drove the car, the power windows could not move up or down properly, like how a motorised vehicle window should. But he felt that he could live with it as he has always kept the windows close and used the air-con, mainly because of the warm weather.

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When he returned to the workshop where he sent his car for a routine brake check, the manager offered to check the power window problems. During the check, the manager said that the insulation wasn’t supposed to be there and soon after inspecting the panels further, the “insulation” was actually packages containing cocaine.

They immediately informed the local police and the police found a total of 14 packages stuffed in the door panels. After impounding the vehicle, the police did a more thorough check and found 5 more packages stashed near the rear wheels. The police told him that he was lucky because if the car was searched during a police traffic stop, he would definitely go to jail.

Right now Charles Preston is terrified that the drug cartel might come looking for the vehicle and the San Jose Police has warranted Mr. Preston’s worries. According to their spokesman, it is highly possible that someone would want to track down the vehicle as the amount of cocaine found is very significant.

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The police advised him to return to the workshop and check for tracking devices and get rid of the vehicle after doing so. After some trade-in value issues with the dealer, both Preston and the dealership came to an agreement and he received a drug-free vehicle.

San Jose police has not been able to track down the cocaine’s history and also to whom it belongs to. The car was previously owned by a vehicle rental company and by the way how the packages were packed, they suspect it was used to transport the drugs from across the Mexican border.

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Mecontle Dec 18 2011 07:28 PM
now that hes made the news lets see whether he d survive the next headline
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