San Clemente, California - Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents working on Interstate 5 arrested a woman who was transporting more than 14 pounds of cocaine.

 

At approximately 10:15 a.m., agents at the checkpoint encountered a 34-year-old U.S. citizen driving a 2001 Mazda Tribute.  Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection.

In secondary, a Border Patrol K-9 team performed a sniff of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert.  Agents searched the vehicle and discovered six bundles of narcotics concealed inside the gas tank.  The narcotics were accessible through an access panel for the fuel-sending unit, which was found under the back seat.Agents searched the vehicle and discovered six packages of cocaine.

The six bundles contained approximately 14.55 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $189,150. 

The woman and the cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The Border Patrol seized the vehicle as a smuggling conveyance.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.