PINE VALLEY (CNS) - A motorist trying to smuggle more than half-a-million dollars' worth of illegal drugs in her car was apprehended by federal agents at a routine East County U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint this weekend, authorities reported Monday.
The 33-year-old Mexican citizen entered the Interstate 8 inspection facility in Pine Valley in a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Border Patrol public affairs.
When the woman ignored a request to roll down her window for routine questioning, agents decided to look through her vehicle. During the search, a service dog alerted them to the presence of contraband.
Inside a non-factory compartment beneath the dashboard were nine bundles of heroin, weighing a combined 13.85 pounds, and 30 packages of methamphetamine with a total weight of 24.91 pounds. The estimated street value of the haul of drugs was $519,000.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration personnel took custody of the woman, whose name was withheld. She was expected to face federal charges of possession of a controlled substance. The Border Patrol seized her car.
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