U.S. citizens were arrested Saturday for smuggling about 38 pounds of cocaine from a checkpoint in Borrego Springs, California, officials said.
According to the agency, the agent stopped the 47-year-old driver of the White 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, and the drug was found inside the rear floorboard by the Border Guard K-9 detection team. The contents were positive for cocaine and the estimated value was over $ 600,000.
“No matter where smugglers hide these dangerous drugs, K9 Amon’s powerful nose will sniff them out,” a border guard posted on Twitter.
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The Associated Press reported in May that the number of American citizens arrested for smuggling illegal drugs into the United States has increased since the coronavirus pandemic began.
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Between October and March 31, 2020, U.S. citizens were arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs into vehicles about seven times more often than Mexican citizens, according to data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019, Americans were caught about twice as often as Mexicans.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Border guards catch U.S. citizens allegedly trying to smuggle $ 600,000 cocaine
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