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Feds: Man’s gas tank concealed 180 pounds of cocaine at a Texas border checkpoint

McALLEN, Texas. The man was arrested after authorities said he was carrying more than 180 pounds of cocaine hidden in a gas tank.

According to federal documents, Glafiro Valle Jr. was arrested January 14 on charges of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

A criminal complaint file obtained by ValleyCentral details that Federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents in McAllen launched an investigation into Valle on suspicion of transporting cocaine from the Rio Grande Valley to Houston.

On Jan. 14, agents were notified that he had been detained at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias after 75 blocks of cocaine were found in the aftermarket compartment of a diesel fuel tank located in the back of his truck, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, Valle was nervous and did not make eye contact with US Border Patrol agents during interrogation. He was then asked if his car could be scanned with x-rays, to which he agreed, authorities said.

An x-ray revealed “anomalies” in the fuel tank, the complaint says.

Valle asked to speak to the warden and “freely and voluntarily” told the warden that they were going to find 75 kilograms of cocaine in the truck, the complaint said.

Authorities found 75 blocks of cocaine weighing 181 pounds, the complaint says.

According to the document, Valle told agents that he was transporting cocaine to Houston.

(ValleyCentral and KXAN contributed to this report)

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