(21 year old Calipatria woman arrested at the border)…She was caught trying to smuggle cocaine into the United States.
The woman, a US citizen, was stopped at the Downtown Calexico Port recently. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the Honda pick-up she was driving for a more detailed inspection. During the inspection, officers used the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies in the dashboard area of the vehicle. A narcotics detector dog alerted to the same area. The CBP officers discovered 20 vacuum-sealed packages hidden inside a compartment behind the passenger-side airbag cover. The packages field-tested positive for cocaine, the narcotics weighed almost 52 pounds and had a street value of $676,000. The woman was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents. After she was processed, the woman was booked into County Jail. The CBP seized the vehicle and the cocaine.