Calexico, Calif. – U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico West Port of Entry prevented more than 85 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of more than $853,000 from entering the United States in two separate occasions Wednesday.

Packages of cocaine were discovered concealed in the air intake under the hood of a black 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by a 28-year-old female Mexican citizen.
Packages of cocaine were discovered concealed in the spare tire of a black 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by a 28-year-old female Mexican citizen.

At approximately 2:50 p.m., a 28-year-old female Mexican citizen, driving a black 2006 Toyota Corolla, applied for admission into the U.S. The CBP officer referred the car and driver for a more intensive inspection after a narcotic detector dog alerted to the interior of the vehicle. CBP officers found a total of 15 packages containing cocaine concealed in all four doors, inside the spare tire, and inside the air intake compartment under the hood of the vehicle. The cocaine weighed almost 34 pounds, with an estimated street value of $305,600.

At approximately 7:25 p.m., CBP officers referred a 31-year-old male U.S. citizen from Bishop, Calif., driving a blue 2001 Ford Expedition for further inspection. After a narcotic detector dog alerted to the gas tank area of the vehicle, CBP officers removed the gas tank and discovered a non-factory compartment containing 20 packages of cocaine. The cocaine weighed almost 52 pounds, with an estimated street value of $468,000.

“The hard work of these CBP officers pays off day after day,” said Calexico Port Director Billy Whitford. “Significant seizures such as these are the direct result of their dedication and commitment to stopping the flow of dangerous narcotics from entering the U.S.”

In both incidents the narcotics and vehicles were seized by CBP and the drivers were arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for prosecution.

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