SAN DIEGO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry over the holiday weekend discovered almost 42 pounds of cocaine concealed inside of boxes of laundry detergent and hidden inside of a motor scooter.
On Saturday, February 19 at about 10 pm., CBP officers encountered a 31-year-old female U.S. citizen driving a 2003 Saturn L200 and her 34-year-old female U.S. citizen passenger. The CBP officer referred the occupants and vehicle for a more in-depth examination.
CBP officers searched the vehicle and found 12 packages of cocaine inside of two boxes of laundry detergent that were in the trunk of the car. The cocaine weighing more than 29 pounds has a street value of $294,000.
Both women were arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. CBP seized the vehicle and cocaine.
On Monday, February 20 at about 9 a.m., CBP officers encountered a 20-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a Yamaha Majesty scooter and referred him for further investigation.
CBP officers utilized a detector dog that alerted to the dashboard area of the scooter. Officers subsequently discovered and extracted nine wrapped packages of cocaine from the dashboard area, weighing more than 12 pounds with the street value of $120,000.
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.