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September 21, 2005
Cops seize $5 million in cocaine at Uptown shop
By (Angela Caputo)

Police seized more than 40 kilos of cocaine worth an estimated $5 million along with $217,000 in cash from an Uptown auto repair shop on Thursday, Sept. 15, according to police.

The manager of S&S Automotive-Superior Sound, Daniel Davila of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, was arrested that same day in connection with the bust. He is charged with narcotics possession and with the intent to distribute, according to police. Davila faces a Sept 22 court hearing in Branch 42-2, police said.

It was "a concerned citizen" who tipped off police to a silver Dodge caravan parked at the shop, 1133 W. Foster Ave., that officers found packed with drugs, according to a police report.

Officers who went to check out the tip didn't have to look too far to find the evidence. In plain view, large bundles of white packaged materials alongside stacks of cash were spotted in the minivan, according to police. A drug enforcement dog confirmed that the materials were indeed narcotics.

The canine also directed police to a teal '96 Grand Am, belong to Davila, that also contained narcotics, albeit a far smaller amount, according to police.

After obtaining a search warrant, police said they recovered 40 packages of the white powder and 16 bundles of cash from the caravan that was stored in boxes marked S&S Auto.

Davila was terminated immediately, according to a statement released by a lawyer representing S&S. "This was an isolated incident and has no effect on the company or its ability to conduct business," the statement read. "Neither the company, nor to its knowledge, any of the other employees of the company are a part of any investigation or proceeding."

Police say they haven't connected the drugs to any larger narcotics operations.

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