Man Finds $500k Cocaine Minivan – A man in San Jose, California, finds a cocaine stash worth $500k in the door panels of his used Chrysler Town & Country minivan. Charles Preston purchased the 2008 car from a Thrifty rental car office. He never realized just how much he bargained for.
After about 15 months with the minivan, Preston brought the van to a local shop to get the brakes worked on. The mechanic offered to take a look at why the windows wouldn’t roll down, and the solution presented itself in the form of $500,000 in cocaine wrapped in purple cellophane.
Preston, who purchased the van so he could use it to deliver food to local homeless people, immediately contacted the police, who seized the cocaine.
The police also told the owner to return the minivan and have it checked for tracking devices.
The concern was that there could be some very unhappy drug dealers tracking their large load of illegal narcotics.
As you could probably guess, Preston was keen to taking the Town & Country minivan back to Thrifty in exchange for a new van, but the local rental car store told him that they would only pay Kelley Blue Book value for the van, or $4,000 less than he paid for it.
However, once management heard of the potentially dangerous gaffe, they offered to replace the minivan with a vehicle that wasn’t packed with $500k street value cocaine.