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CBP in Calexico Arrest Los Angeles Resident for Alleged Cocaine Smuggling

Release Date: 
January 24, 2012

CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry yesterday arrested a 42-year-old female U.S. citizen after they discovered 74 pounds of cocaine hidden in the vehicle she was driving.

A Chevrolet truck's compartments in the bed side panels contained 74 pounds of cocaine in 30 wrapped packages.  The street value of the cocaine is $666,000.

A Chevrolet truck's compartments in the bed side panels contained 74 pounds of cocaine in 30 wrapped packages. The street value of the cocaine is $666,000.

The incident occurred on Monday, January 23, at about 7:15 a.m. when a CBP officer referred the driver of a white 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche for further examination.

During the inspection, a canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the rear area of the SUV. A search of the area led officers to the discovery of 30 wrapped packages of cocaine hidden inside of non-factory compartments in the truck's side bed panels. The street value of the narcotic is approximately $666,000.

CBP officers turned the driver, a resident of Los Angeles, California, over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who in turn transported her to the Imperial County Jail where she awaits arraignment.

CBP seized the narcotic and vehicle.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017