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Border Patrol bust cocaine smuggler

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Estimated value of $278,250

SALTON CITY, Calif. (KYMA/KECY) - Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling cocaine.

It happened at 9:55 p.m Thursday, when a 31-year-old man driving a grey tractor-trailer attempted to cross the checkpoint

Agents say a Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted them to the vehicle, so they then sent it to secondary inspection.

There, agents say they discovered 10 cellophane-wrapped packages inside an ice chest located in the sleeper area of the tractor-trailer.

Agents quickly determined that the packages contained cocaine.

The total weight of the narcotics discovered was 24.54 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $278,250.

Agents say the man, a Mexican national, the narcotics and tractor-trailer were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Crime / Imperial County

Ericka Conant

Ericka Conant has served as a Digital Content Producer since October 2019. Originally from El Centro, she calls the Desert Southwest her home.

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