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800 pounds of cocaine seized near Calexico port

May 25, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — U.S. Customs inspectors and Calexico police seized 800 pounds of cocaine Thursday after stopping a motorist who raced from the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.

In what may be a related matter, a Calexico police officer, Jose Perry, 32, was booked into county jail at 2:33 this morning by U.S. Customs officials.

He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful importation of a narcotic. Details on his bail were unavailable.

Calexico police officials had no comment on the matter, but did confirm there is an officer on staff by the name of Jose Perry. He is a six-year veteran.

Police officials did state they are investigating the case along with U.S. Customs officials.

There was no information available from Customs this morning on the arrest of the officer. The only official details on the seizure came in a press release from Customs on Thursday.


Customs officials stated they arrested 42-year-old Jose Alberto Barak of Thousand Palms about 3 p.m. Thursday.

The release alleges Barak was the driver of the car in which 351 packages of cocaine totaling 803.5 pounds were found.

The release states there was a passenger in the car who fled and remained at large.

Barak was booked into county jail on suspicion of unlawful importation of a narcotic. Information on his bail was unavailable.

The case started Thursday afternoon when a motorist, identified as Barak, bolted from inspectors at the port.

Inspectors laid out a tire puncture device that punctured two of the car's tires.

The car was stopped about five blocks from the port and Barak was taken into custody.

The case remained under investigation this morning.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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