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Border Patrol Agents Seize More than $1.5 Million in Cocaine

Release Date: 
January 27, 2010

Wellton, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of Wellton seized nearly 50 pounds of cocaine yesterday.

At about 11 a.m. yesterday, a black minivan with two female occupants approached the checkpoint. During inspection of the subjects' immigration status, a canine team alerted to the driver's side of the vehicle.

Packages of cocaine are discovered in the quarter panels of a minivan.

Packages of cocaine are discovered in the quarter panels of a minivan.

Agents continued their investigation and discovered 20 bundles of cocaine hidden under the plastic quarter panel behind the driver's seat. The cocaine has a total weight of 49.8 pounds and has an estimated street value of more than $1.5 million.

The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the cocaine and the occupants of the vehicle, a U.S. citizen and a citizen of Mexico with a valid Border Crossing Card. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017