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Salton Sea - Border Agents, $840K of Cocaine Seized


Last updated 9/2/2016 at 5:18am

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a woman suspected of drug smuggling after they discovered packages of cocaine hidden in her vehicle on Wed. Aug. 31.

The incident occurred after a woman driving a recent model BMW 328i approached the checkpoint. where a Border Patrol detection canine alerted to the vehicle. Following a secondary inspection, agents discovered 28 bundles of cocaine hidden in the vehicle’s rocker panels.

The cocaine had a combined weight of 70.1 pounds with an estimated street value of $841,200.

“This seizure not only denies Transnational Criminal Organizations the money and resources needed to continue their illicit activities but also helps keep our communities safe,” said Patrol Agent in Charge Scott Garrett of the Indio Station.

The woman, a 30-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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