J. Vincent Piluso 3:20 p.m., May 20
Last week, tons of cocaine didn't make its way into San Diego.
The first seizure occurred Saturday, May 7, at the Calexico downtown international entry port. CPB officers arrested a 42-year old Mexicali woman when 39 pounds of cocaine was found in the gas tank of her car.
On Sunday evening, May 8, two U.S. citizens from Indio were arrested at the downtown port of entry after 61 pounds of cocaine were found in the rear quarter panels of their car.
The third incident occurred at about 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Andrade port of entry. A 22-year old Yuma, Arizona, man was arrested after 43 pounds of cocaine was found under the rear seat of the his car.
That's 143 pounds of blow in on week. What is the treet value? Who knows -- some say wholesale value of uncut coke ranges a worth of 12K-30K per kilogram, which is 2.2 pounds.
The question is: who do the cartels punish when this much product is lost?