$10M Worth Of Cocaine Found In Rental Car


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.

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  • by D Location: Falcon on Sep 13, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    K in Monument, it DOES say "driving under suspension". Don't you read before you post? LOL
  • by Al Location: CS on Sep 13, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    The US Govt will never curtail the influx of drugs into the country because politicians are to concerned with the rights of the detriments to society that support these criminal organizations.
  • by Darla on Sep 13, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    I wish more cops would stop people for minor infractions. It might help improve the drivers around here.
  • by FarginBastige on Sep 13, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    The cops were tipped off. But they can't just pull somebody over without justification. So the cop bides his time, waiting for just one tiny mistake. Once they have the car stopped, the rest is easy.
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      by anna on Sep 14, 2011 at 09:07 AM in reply to FarginBastige
      Who really cares if he was tipped off? I mean would you seriously rather that cocaine floating around your town?
  • by Lisa Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 12, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    I'll bet that guy is REALLY wishing he'd used his turn signal right about now.
  • by K Location: MONUMENT on Sep 12, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    Driving under suspicion? What exactly is that? Don't you mean revoked, driving under SUSPENSION and no insurance???? Do they proof read these stories?
  • by watching Location: USA on Sep 12, 2011 at 04:46 PM
    Another great bust by another patrol officer. We shall see what the Pueblo DA does with this one. Hope he has the time and desire to actually prosecute...
  • by Fed up Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 12, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    Wow. Perhaps CSPD should start pulling over people for bad driving too. Instead of watching it go by.
  • by Jon Location: Colo Springs on Sep 12, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    If they were transporting the cocaine for someone else, they're going to be in a lot more trouble than they think they're in now... :-)
  • by Billy Location: COS on Sep 12, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    Are they sure the car wasn't a DeLorean?
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