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Border Patrol agents arrested a woman attempting to smuggle nearly 60 pounds of cocaine valued at over $948,000 in Salton City, California on June 14, 2021.


The arrest occurred at a checkpoint. A 26-year-old female U.S. citizen was traveling in a SUV when agents conducted the vehicle stop and requested a Border Patrol K-9 team to assist.

During their examination, the K-9 alerted to the rear of the SUV. Agents conducted a search of the vehicle’s trunk and discovered a non-factory compartment in the vehicle’s undercarriage. Upon further inspection, agents uncovered 25 packages containing a white powdery substance wrapped in packaging tape.

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The contents inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of cocaine. The total weight of the cocaine was about 59.73 pounds and has an estimated value of $948,257.52.

Border Patrol agents arrested the woman and turned her over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.