Updated at 3 p.m. Oct. 16, 2017
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 250 pounds of illicit drugs on a single day last week across the southern border of California, including $1.2 million worth of cocaine in San Diego, the federal agency reported Monday.
The seizures on Thursday netted 104 pounds of methamphetamine, 88 pounds of cocaine and 52 pounds of heroin, said CBP spokeswoman Shalene Thomas. The drugs would have had a total estimated street value of more than $1.9 million.
The biggest bust of the day took place about 3 p.m., when an 18-year-old Mexican national entered the San Ysidro Port of Entry in a 2012 Ford Edge, Thomas said. A CBP officer referred her for a secondary inspection, during which a service dog alerted agents to the presence of contraband in the SUV.
Further investigation revealed 88 pounds of cocaine wrapped in 32 packages hidden in the gas tank and rocker panels of the vehicle. The woman, whose name was not released, was arrested and turned over to the Department of Homeland Security, and the SUV and drugs were seized.
Several hours earlier, CBP officers seized a 52-pound drug haul hidden inside the gas tank of a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe crossing from Mexico at Andrade Port of Entry, just west of Yuma, Arizona, Thomas said. A 35-year-old Mexicali resident was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security, and his SUV and the load of drugs were seized by CBP officers.
“The drug-smuggling organizations attempt to elude officers by using many different concealment techniques,” said CBP San Diego Director of Field Operations Pete Flores. “The highly trained and vigilant CBP officers terminated these attempts and kept dangerous narcotics out of our communities.”
— City News Service
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