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

Officials 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.

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