Andrade, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade port of entry discovered 56 pounds of cocaine hidden inside a white 1994 Isuzu Trooper.
The incident occurred on Saturday, June 4, at about 1:55 p.m. when a CBP Officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the driver, a 41-year-old female U.S. citizen, for further examination.
An intensive inspection that included a canine screening led officers to the discovery of 20 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment in the dashboard area and the front fenders of the vehicle. The narcotic has a street value of $504,000.
The driver, a resident of Indio, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing. She is currently being held at the Imperial County jail pending arraignment.
CBP seized both vehicle and narcotics.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.