Bundles of heroin in the tote bag. Courtesy CBP

Border Patrol agents patrolling Interstate 15 arrested a U.S. citizen who was smuggling $110,000 worth of cocaine in a tote bag on the front seat of his car.

Agents stopped a Buick sedan on northbound Interstate 15 near Temecula on Wednesday morning. While officers interviewed the driver, a drug-sniffing dog alerted them to the presence of drugs.

After searching the vehicle, agents found a tote bag on the car’s front seat with four bundles of cocaine. The bundles weighed almost 11 pounds and have an estimated street value of $110,000.

The driver was taken into custody and later turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle was seized by the Border Patrol.

Since Oct. 1, agents in the San Diego Sector have seized 104 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1,040,000.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.