Couple Caught Smuggling Cocaine
TUCSON, Ariz. – Agents assigned to the Willcox Border Patrol Station arrested a Mexican couple Friday after finding more than $730,000 worth of cocaine in his truck at the State Route 90 immigration checkpoint.
Agents referred a white 1997 GMC pickup with for further inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from the vehicle. Agents searching the vehicle discovered a false floorboard concealing nearly 65 pounds of cocaine.
Agents arrested the two legally present Mexican citizens; a 44-year-old driver and his 42-year-old wife, for narcotics smuggling.
The drugs, vehicle and the couple were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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