Woman, 81, Drove Car with 92 Pounds of Heroin Worth $870K Across US-Mexico Border: Federal Prosecutors - NBC Bay Area

Woman, 81, Drove Car with 92 Pounds of Heroin Worth $870K Across US-Mexico Border: Federal Prosecutors

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    An 81-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said they found $870,000 worth of heroin inside the car she was driving across the U.S.-Mexico border.

    The woman, a U.S. citizen, was behind the wheel of the 2011 Chrysler 200 when it traveled through the Tecate Port of Entry at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, agents said.

    A dog alerted to the driver side of the vehicle, officers said.

    When they moved the car to a secondary inspection, officers said they found 34 wrapped packages of heroin from the car's rocker panels.

    Officers estimated the heroin seized at worth more than $870,000 on the street.

    The unidentified driver was in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations unit.