SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents working on Interstate 5 arrested a woman who was transporting more than 14 pounds of cocaine.
At approximately 10:15 a.m., agents at the checkpoint encountered a 34-year-old U.S. citizen driving a 2001 Mazda Tribute. Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection.
In secondary, a Border Patrol K-9 team performed a sniff of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered six bundles of narcotics concealed inside the gas tank. The narcotics were accessible through an access panel for the fuel-sending unit, which was found under the back seat.
The six bundles contained approximately 14.55 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $189,150.
The woman and the cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Border Patrol seized the vehicle as a smuggling conveyance.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.