Sep 12, 2011 10:38 PM by Stephanie Collins
Pueblo Police seized 100 kilos, around 220 lbs., of cocaine Sunday morning during a routine traffic stop. It's the largest amount of cocaine Pueblo Police have ever come across.
Police say Mark Bailey and Lisa Calderon of California were driving a rental car north on I-25, when they were pulled near mile marker 109, for a lane change violation. The pair gave Patrol Officer Nick Martinez different stories on their travel plans, and they didn't have any luggage. That's when he says he became suspicious.
Officer Martinez says he noticed the back of the car was sitting much lower than the front so he called in a K-9 unit to help him inspect the vehicle, "The dog, Rally, ht on the car as possible drugs being involved. A subsequent search did reveal 100 kilos of cocaine in the trunk," explains Deputy Chief Andre McLachlan.
The drugs were divided into kilo bricks and were inside four duffle bags. Officers say I-25 can be a corridor used frequently to transport drugs, but this is by far the largest amount of cocaine they've ever seen, "This will have a serious impact on the drug trade in whatever city it was bound for, haven't figured that out yet," adds McLachlan.
So that is what police are focused on now, figuring out where all that cocaine was going and where it came from. As for Bailey and Calderon, the two in the car, they haven't been charged with anything. Police say they're still investigating.