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.
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.