SAN DIEGO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry yesterday, apprehended a female traveler for allegedly concealing 65 pounds of cocaine and 6,767 pills of oxycodone.
On Mar. 23, at about 11:30 p.m., a 24-year-old female U.S citizen, and sole occupant of a 2007 Honda Accord, applied for entry into the United States. A CBP canine team was screening vehicles as they waited in line for inspection when the detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s front bumper.
CBP officers searched the vehicle and discovered 24 packages of a white powdery substance and one package containing 6,767 pills which were all hidden inside bumpers. Field testing revealed the substance as cocaine and the pills as oxycodone. The street value of the cocaine is approximately $978,900 dollars and $203,010 dollars for the oxycodone.
“Our canine teams have always been a vital piece in keeping illegal substances from our communities and today’s apprehension illustrates that,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego.
CBP officers seized the cocaine, oxycodone and vehicle. The female was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and taken to Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) to await federal prosecution.
This apprehension comes on the heels of a recent oxycodone seizure of 47,340 pills worth $1,420,000 dollars.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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.