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Border Patrol Agents Arrest Woman with Cocaine Near I-15 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
July 23, 2013

SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a cocaine smuggling attempt near the Murrieta checkpoint last Wednesday.

 

USBP agents discovered 37.37 pounds of cocaine (15 bricks) inside the box in the trunk with an estimated street value of $411,070.

USBP agents discovered 37.37 pounds of cocaine (15 bricks) inside the box in the trunk with an estimated street value of $411,070.

At approximately 6 p.m., agents encountered and stopped a suspicious 29-year-old female U.S. citizen driving a 2003 Jaguar X-Type near Interstate 15. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. The woman admitted that she was getting paid to deliver a package with unknown contents. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 15 bricks of cocaine hidden in a cardboard box inside the trunk. The bundles weighed 37.37 pounds and had an estimated street value of $411,070.

The suspected smuggler was turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for state prosecution. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation's borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017