Border Patrol Agents seized a Mercedes Benz loaded with 26 pounds of cocaine at the Interstate 5 border checkpoint just north of San Diego.
A K-9 team alerted agents to the trunk of the Mercedes where Border Patrol found a large black duffel bag containing 10 brick-shaped packages of cocaine. “The total estimated street value of the narcotics was $266,110,” according to a CBP press release.
A 31-year-old male American citizen was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for suspicion of drug smuggling.
In a separate smuggling attempt, Border Patrol Agents apprehended a 23-year-old male Mexican national trying to smuggle 28 bundles of cocaine. Once agents sent the nervous driver to the secondary inspection area, K-9’s sniffed out the drugs worth approximately $285,000, in the wheel well of a Dodge Ram pickup.
The Mexican national, who was in the country legally, was taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the DEA for further investigation. The U.S. Border Patrol impounded both vehicles.
According to Border Patrol, since October 1, 2010, San Diego Sector agents have confiscated more than 1,800 pounds of cocaine.
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