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Border Patrol Seizes $1.7 Million in Cocaine at California Checkpoint

Release Date: 
January 28, 2010

Calexico, Calif. - Yesterday morning, Calexico agents conducting checkpoint operations at the Interstate 8 checkpoint east of Calexico seized more than 53 pounds of cocaine concealed within a sport-utility vehicle.

Packages of cocaine are found in a vehicle's door frame.

Packages of cocaine are found in a vehicle's door frame.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., agents encountered a blue sport-utility vehicle at the primary inspection area of the checkpoint. During the inspection, a U.S. Border Patrol canine team alerted agents to the possible presence of illegal contraband within the vehicle.

The driver and vehicle were escorted to a secondary inspection area where agents discovered 19 tightly wrapped packages concealed underneath the passenger side door frame. The packages contained cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $1.7 million.

The driver, contraband and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017