Woman arrested after admitting she had "unknown substance" in her shoes

SALTON CITY, Calif. - A woman was arrested Tuesday near the Salton Sea after she told Border Patrol agents she was trying to take two pounds of cocaine through the Highway 86 checkpoint.

At around 9:30 a.m., the woman was pulling through the checkpoint between Westmorland and Salton City. After a short series of questions from the agents, the woman admitted she was smuggling an "unknown substance" in her shoes.

A search of her shoes revealed two small packages wrapped in brown tape. The substance found inside tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine had a combined weight of approximately 2.34 pounds with an estimated street value of $64,000.  

The woman, a citizen of the United States, was arrested and turned over to the DEA along with the car and drugs for further investigation.

All information in this article via a press release from the El Centro Sector Border Patrol.

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