$19m of cocaine found in Mexican crisp shipment in Texas

Cocaine packages mixed in with Mexican crispsTexas Department of Public Safety
Cocaine packages found by Texas DPSTexas Department of Public Safety

Authorities in Texas have found hundreds of pounds of cocaine hidden in a shipment of Mexican crisps in a warehouse. Two Mexican men in their 20s were arrested.

Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) had suspicions about the warehouse in the town of Mission because the owner's name, International Wholesales and Trade, was not that of a registered company, reported the Dallas Morning News.

The warehouse was searched and though sniffer dogs pointed agents towards pallets, nothing was found.

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Another search took place after an agent spoke to a truck driver who had refused to pick up a shipment from the warehouse.

They said that they did not believe it was a legitimate business.

The second search uncovered more than 300lbs of cocaine, valued at around $19m, in boxes of Mexican crisps.

Hernan Halil Mena-Real, 26, and 25-year-old Jesus Salvador Gonzalez-Mendoza were arrested and face charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

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