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Suspected smuggler apprehended with $78k worth of cocaine

Release Date
Mon, 10/30/2023
Ocotillo Wells, CA
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OCOTILLO WELLS, Calif.- El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a driver attempting to smuggle cocaine through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint Wednesday evening.

On October 25, 2023, at approximately 7:25 p.m., a silver sedan approached the Highway 86 Border Patrol checkpoint. Agents questioned the driver and requested consent to search the trunk. Inside the trunk, agents observed a plastic grocery bag containing three cellophane-wrapped packages. Agents tested the contents of the packages and confirmed the discovered substances as cocaine.


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U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered three cellophane-wrapped packages containing more than seven pounds of cocaine.


The total weight of the cocaine was 7.16 pounds with an estimated street value of $78,000.00.


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Border Patrol agents weighed and tested the concealed substances to confirm the presence of cocaine.


The driver, a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further processing and investigation. The U.S. Border Patrol seized the silver sedan.

Last Modified: Oct 30, 2023