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CBP Stops Calexico Woman with 65 Pounds of Cocaine Hidden in Secret Floor Compartment

Release Date: 
December 8, 2010

Calexico , Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Calexico's downtown border crossing stopped a woman Monday with almost 65 pounds of cocaine hidden in a special compartment underneath the backseat of her car.

65 pounds of Cocaine hidden underneath vehicle backseat

Photo Credit:Photo Courtesy Customs and Border Protection

At about 6 p.m., CBP officers were roving through the lanes of cars waiting to cross into the United States when a narcotic detector dog alerted to a white Nissan Maxima, driven by a 35-year-old female U.S. citizen and resident of Calexico, Calif. The officers pulled the car and driver aside, out of the lanes of traffic, for further inspection.

During their inspection, CBP officers found a specially-built, hidden compartment in the vehicle's floor. Officers removed 20 packages from the compartment containing 64.6 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $517,000.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics, and turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017