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U.S. Border Patrol in Southern California Confiscates over $64K in Cocaine Hidden in Shoes

Release Date: 
July 24, 2013


El Centro Sector Border Patrol seized 2 packages of cocaine with an estimated street value of $64,000.


SALTON CITY, CALIF.—El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler yesterday at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized over two pounds of cocaine hidden in shoes.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m., when agents encountered a woman driving a 1996 Toyota Rav 4 through the Highway 86 checkpoint, located between Westmorland and Salton City. After brief questioning the driver of the vehicle, a female United States Citizen, told agents she was smuggling an unknown substance in her shoes.

A search of her shoes revealed two small packages wrapped in brown tape. The substance found inside tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine had a combined weight of approximately 2.34 pounds with an estimated street value of $64,000.

The women, was arrested as the sole suspect in the case. The suspect, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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February 9, 2017