Ten million dollars worth of cocaine was discovered in a rental car in Pueblo Sunday morning.
Pueblo police pulled the car, a Chevy Malibu with California plates, over at 10:26 a.m. for a lane change violation. Officer Nick Martinez noticed the passenger, Lisa Calderon, was acting nervous. Police say she roused suspicions with the answers she would give to questions they asked, such as telling police she was heading to Iowa to visit her brother, but not knowing what town he lived in.
Driver Mark Bailey then contradicted Calderon when he told Martinez that he was an auto body shop owner, and heading to Iowa to look at a 1955 Chevy Bel Aire. Bailey, who was found with a revoked driver’s license, was arrested for driving under suspension and no insurance.
During his conversations with Calderon and Bailey, Martinez noticed that the rear of the Malibu was lower than the front. That observation combined with his feelings that the pair was lying to him led Martinez to call a K-9 unit to investigate the vehicle.
The K-9 unit alerted officers to the rear of the vehicle, where four black duffel bags packed with 100 kilos of cocaine were found. According to police, the street value of 100 kilos is $10 million.
Bailey and Calderon will be charged with possession of a schedule 2 substance.