SYLMAR, Calif. (KABC) -- A large amount of cocaine was found stashed away in a hidden compartment in a tractor-trailer truck during a drug bust in Sylmar.
A narcotics investigation led officers to a truck yard in the 12000 block of Lopez Road near Lopez Canyon. That's where authorities found cocaine tucked away in a secret compartment inside a trailer.
Officials say the hiding place was reinforced with steel plates, so investigators had to use power tools to get to the drugs.
"Gaining access has been quite a challenge because there's a void in the sub-frame of the trailer, where they've welded sheet steel and really bolted, locked closed access to make it difficult for us to enter," described Capt. Richard Garcia with the L.A. County Fire Department.