Cocaine Valued At $1.8M Seized In Parking Lot Of SoCal Hotel

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RIVERSIDE (AP) — Authorities say more than 40 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $1.8 million have been seized in the parking lot of a Southern California hotel.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says a confidential informant arranged a drug sale at the hotel in Colton on Thursday, luring two men who were arrested.

Authorities said Friday that 40-year-old Juan Mora of Tecate, Mexico, and 47-year-old Jose Vega of Whittier were arrested and booked at the Riverside County jail. Each is being held on $1 million bail.

Authorities linked the drugs to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, that country’s most-wanted drug lord.

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