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Texas man buys car at auction, discovers $850,000 in cocaine hidden inside



Webb County Sheriff's Office

When you purchase a used car, you typically want to eliminate any possible surprises. Usually, car buyers are worried about a timing belt that's on its last leg or a cracked engine block. But one Texas man purchased a used car at an auction and got way more than he ever bargained for — nearly $1 million in cocaine.

A Laredo man went to an automobile auction where he took a crack at buying a new car. The man knew exactly what vehicle he wanted and had his bid lined up. He won the auction for the car and drove it home.

Little did he know that right under his nose was a massive amount of cocaine stashed. The man sniffed out a secret compartment in the vehicle, and inside was bundles of drugs.

The lucky bidder called police on Saturday. Deputies from the Webb County Sheriff's Office arrived at his home, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The cops discovered 17 bundles, and police dogs found out another 17 bundles stuffed in a second hidden compartment. The total weight of the coke was 74.96 pounds, estimated to have a street value of $850,000. Imagine how many cars you could get from an auction if you were to blow all that money?

"I thank and congratulate the person who alerted us to the drugs. Had he not been an honest individual, the drugs could have ended up in the wrong hands," Sheriff Martin Cuellar said in a statement. "I encourage the public to report any crime or suspicious activity by calling our hotline at 956-415-BUST (2878). You may be eligible for a cash reward."

Who says you can't cut a good deal at the auto auction?

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