SAN YSIDRO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the San Ysidro, Calif. port of entry discovered 40 pounds of cocaine and 10 pounds of heroin hidden in a specially built compartment under the backseat of a vehicle.
The incident occurred July 31, at about 4:15 p.m., when a CBP officer conducting primary inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the driver of a grey 2002 Hyundai Elantra for further examination after noticing signs of nervousness.
Officers conducted an intensive inspection of the vehicle and subsequently found 15 wrapped packages of cocaine and three packages of heroin concealed within a non-factory compartment under the rear seats. The combined weight of the narcotics was 50 pounds with a value of approximately $560,000.
The driver, a 23-year-old female resident of Fontana, Calif., was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing. The subject was later transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center where she currently awaits arraignment.
CBP seized both the 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.