U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry seized $1.5 million worth of cocaine that was discovered inside a car Wednesday.
CBP officers found more than 98 pounds of cocaine inside 33 packages concealed in the car.
This seizure occurred July 19, at about 1:35 a.m., when a CBP detector dog gave a positive alert to a 2002 Ford Explorer that was waiting in line for inspection.
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The driver, a 22-year-old male U.S. citizen, was the sole occupant in the vehicle. CBP officers referred the man and vehicle to a secondary inspection for further examination.
CBP officers utilized the ports imagining system and observed anomalies in the vehicle's floor. Officers pulled 33 packages from the drivers side floor and center console area.
The man was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.
"CBP utilizes a layered enforcement technique and our canine teams are one of our vital tools," said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. "CBP will continue their efforts in combating the trafficking of all illegal items and uphold the mission of CBP."
CBP has seized the vehicle and narcotics. No other information is known at this time.