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.
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.
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.