A drug-sniffing dog got a big whiff of something sinister last Thursday when a 24-year-old American woman tried to cross the Mexican border at the San Ysidro port of entry with approximately 65 pounds of cocaine and 6,767 oxycodone pills hidden in her Honda Accord.
According to a statement made by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB), a canine team was screening vehicles just before midnight when a female U.S citizen and sole occupant of a 2007 Honda Accord applied for entry into the United States. While waiting in line to be inspected, the detector dog became very interested in the car’s front bumper.
“CBP officers searched the vehicle and discovered 24 packages of a white powdery substance and one package containing 6,767 pills which were all hidden inside bumpers,” said the CBP, which noted that “field testing revealed the substance as cocaine and the pills as oxycodone.”
The street value of the cocaine is estimated to be approximately $978,900 dollars, and the oxycodone is worth about $203,010.
“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.
The cocaine, the oxycodone pills, and the car were seized by CBP officials, and the woman was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and taken to the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) to await federal prosecution, according to the report, which notes that “criminal charges are merely allegations” and the woman will be presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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