The seizure occurred on Sunday, October 16, at about 10:15 p.m. when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the driver, a 19-year-old female Mexican citizen, for further examination.
An intensive inspection that included a canine screening led officers to the discovery of two wrapped packages of the narcotic concealed inside the dashboard behind the glove box. An additional 12 packages were discovered in the rear bumper of the vehicle. All packages combined have a street value of approximately $324,000.
The driver, a resident of Brawley, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who in turn transported the violator to the Imperial County Jail where she currently awaits arraignment.
CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizen to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of her criminal proceeding.
CBP seized the narcotic and vehicle.