$1.6 MILLION IN COCAINE SEIZED AT CHECK POINT

A $1.6 million cocaine bust yielded 50 pounds of the drug

U.S. Border Patrol agents at the U.S. Highway 54 immigration checkpoint in Alamogordo, NM seized fifty pounds of cocaine on October 6, 2019.

Agents were conducting a routine immigration inspection of a gray Nissan Rogue, when they noted the driver’s excessively nervous behavior. A canine performed a non-intrusive sniff of the vehicle and immediately alerted to the possible presence of narcotics.

Agents referred the vehicle for a thorough search and quickly located several plastic-wrapped bundles hidden in a duffel bag in the rear luggage area of the vehicle – a type of concealment often used by narcotics smugglers. The bundles contained approximately fifty pounds of cocaine with a street value exceeding $1,632,000.

Agents arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen, and turned the vehicle and cocaine over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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