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Couple Caught Smuggling Cocaine

Release Date: 
July 3, 2017

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 find false floor bed of a pckup loaded with cocaine.
Agents find false floor bed in a 
pickup loaded with cocaine.

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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Contacting the Border Patrol to report illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021