Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station interdicted a cocaine smuggling attempt worth an estimated $2.8 million at the Interstate 8 checkpoint yesterday.
At approximately 9 a.m., agents working primary inspection encountered a white Ford F-250 pickup truck being driven by a 54-year-old Mexican man with a valid permanent resident card. A cursory inspection was performed by a Border Patrol canine team resulting in a positive alert.
The driver was referred to secondary inspection where a thorough search resulted in the discovery of multiple packages of cocaine concealed within a non-factory compartment. The total weight of the packaged cocaine is approximately 88 pounds.
The driver, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.