Calexico , Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Calexico’s downtown border crossing stopped a woman Monday with almost 65 pounds of cocaine hidden in a special compartment underneath the backseat of her car.
At about 6 p.m., CBP officers were roving through the lanes of cars waiting to cross into the United States when a narcotic detector dog alerted to a white Nissan Maxima, driven by a 35-year-old female U.S. citizen and resident of Calexico, Calif. The officers pulled the car and driver aside, out of the lanes of traffic, for further inspection.
During their inspection, CBP officers found a specially-built, hidden compartment in the vehicle’s floor. Officers removed 20 packages from the compartment containing 64.6 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $517,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics, and turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.