Officers find nearly $1M in cocaine hidden in car at San Diego-Mexico border

Posted at 5:01 PM, Mar 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-25 11:37:47-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency arrested an American woman after officers discovered $1 million worth of cocaine in a car she was driving into the U.S., officials announced Friday.

The unidentified 24-year-old female, a U.S citizen, was taken into custody just before midnight Thursday.  She was the sole occupant of a 2007 Honda Accord and had applied for entry into the U.S., officials said.

A canine team was screening vehicles as they waited in line for inspection at the San Ysidro port of entry when one of the dogs alerted to the vehicle’s front bumper, CBP officials said.

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Officers discovered 24 packages of a white powdery substance and another containing 6,767 pills which were all hidden inside the bumpers. A field test revealed the substance as cocaine and the pills as oxycodone. 

The street value of the cocaine is approximate $978,900 and $203,010 for the oxycodone. 

“Our canine teams have always been a vital piece in keeping illegal substances from our communities and today’s apprehension illustrates that,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego.       

CBP officers seized the cocaine, oxycodone, and vehicle, according to officials.  The female was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and taken to Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) to await federal prosecution, according to officials.