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Woman arrested after Customs and Border Protection officers find fentanyl pills hidden in household items, bag of Corn Nuts, fire extinguisher

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Posted at 10:26 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 13:26:40-04

(KGTV) -- A 22-year-old woman was arrested after Customs and Border Protection officers searching her car discovered nearly 10 pounds of fentanyl pills hidden in various household items, a bag of Corn Nuts, and a fire extinguisher.

The discovery and arrest happened at around 7 p.m. on Aug. 22, at the Calexico West Port of Entry, CBP officials said.

Officials said the woman driving an Acura TSX was entering the border crossing when she was stopped by officers and questioned.

According to officials, an officer “noticed inconsistencies in her story and referred her and the vehicle for a more intensive examination.”

With the help from a K9 team, officers were alerted to something suspicious in the car’s trunk. Officers then found 26 packages of fentanyl hidden in items such as a bar of soap, hair cream, lotion, milk containers, a bag of Corn Nuts, and a fire extinguisher.

The pills, with a street value of about $111,500, and the car were seized by officers.

The woman, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security, officials said.