Woman busted with 50 lbs of coke in El Centro

EL CENTRO, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized over 50 pounds of cocaine on Friday.

The smuggling attempt occurred at the Highway 86 checkpoint around 9:45 a.m.  Border Patrol agents encountered a 41-year-old woman driving a Chrysler Pacifica when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle.

During the inspection, agents discovered 20 bundles within the backs of the passenger seats containing a total of 52.02 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $676,260.

The suspected smuggler, a United States permanent resident, was taken into custody.  The woman, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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