Border Patrol seizes nearly $100,000 worth of cocaine

The four bundles of the substance tested positive for cocaine and were valued at $98,800. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Border Patrol agents on Monday announced the arrest of a Mexican citizen who allegedly had nearly 10 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $100,000, hidden inside his car.

The driver was identified as a 25-year-old Mexican citizen who possessed a Border Crosser Card, said U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco. Francisco added the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office would soon be releasing the suspect’s name.

At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, agents at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on westbound Interstate 8 ordered a second inspection of a silver 2007 Volkswagen Jetta, according to the Border Patrol. During the inspection a Border Patrol K-9 team examined the vehicle, which resulted in an alert, Francisco said.

Agents discovered four bundles hidden in an after-market compartment inside the dashboard, Francisco said. Agents removed the bundles, which weighed 9.88 pounds, Francisco said, adding the substance tested positive for cocaine and was valued at $98,800.

The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol, Francisco said.

As of May 31, the San Diego Sector Border Patrol had seized 996.94 pounds of cocaine valued at $9,969,400 during fiscal year 2019, Francisco said.

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