Agents Seize $2.8M in Cocaine, $500K in Cash From 2 Cars: CBP

By Jaspreet Kaur

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol agents at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry seized million of dollars worth of cocaine and more than $300,000 in cash in two separate incidents, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed.

The incidents occurred at different times on Aug. 1.

At approximately 1 a.m., agents stopped a 33-year-old woman driving a 2007 Nissan Titan at the Otay Mesa port of entry after a canine alerted them to her vehicle.

During an inspection, agents noticed anomalies in the spare tire of the vehicle through the port's imaging system.

Twenty-eight packages containing cocaine, weighing 106 pounds, were discovered in the spare tire, CBP said.

The woman, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations.

Around 3:30 p.m. the same day, agents stopped a 2014 Nissan Versa for inspection on Interstate 5. They found 50 bundles of unreported cash—worth nearly $300,000— inside both front doors and the driver's side back door of the vehicle.

The 24-year-old woman was arrested and turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations, CBP said. She is a U.S. citizen.