MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
HAROLD BAER, JR., United States District Judge:
Defendant Jose Mario Garcia-Montalvo moved by letter for an order prohibiting the Government from offering at trial evidence of his 1985 conviction for conspiring to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. The defendant is now charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute over one hundred kilograms of cocaine found in the dropped ceiling of the Isuzu Trooper he was driving, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. The 1985 conviction in the Central District of California was also for a violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. At that trial, the Government presented evidence that the defendant was dealing in kilogram quantities of cocaine, and was using automobiles in furtherance of the conspiracy to distribute the cocaine.
In 1985, an informant testified that when the defendant delivered cocaine to him, the defendant removed the cocaine from underneath the glove compartment of the black Cadillac the defendant was driving. The informant also testified that the defendant told him that the defendant had just transported 25 kilograms of cocaine to Canada in a black Cadillac and the defendant would pay the informant to go to Canada to pick up the Cadillac and bring it back to the defendant.
The Government now argues that evidence of the 1985 conviction, including testimony about (1) defendant's giving cocaine to the informant underneath the glove compartment in the defendant's car and (2) the defendant's solicitation of the informant to pick up a car that defendant had used to transport cocaine to Canada is admissible in the Government's case-in-chief under Rule 404(b) of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Counsel for the defendant has indicated that the defendant may assert the defense, at trial, that he did not know that the Isuzu Trooper contained cocaine. The Government would like to introduce the aforementioned evidence if the defendant asserts such a lack of knowledge defense.
Under the Second Circuit's long-established "inclusionary approach" with regard to "other acts or crimes" evidence, such evidence is admissible to prove matters other than the defendant's propensity to commit the crime for which he or she is standing trial. United States v. Ortiz, 857 F.2d 900, 903 (2d Cir. 1988), cert. denied, 489 U.S. 1070, 103 L. Ed. 2d 820, 109 S. Ct. 1352 (1989). Rule 404(b) states:
Evidence of other crimes, wrongs, or acts is not admissible to prove the character of a person in order to show action in conformity therewith. It may, however, be admissible for other purposes, such as proof of motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity, or absence of mistake or accident . . .