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Border Patrol seizes 27 pounds of cocaine from car in Temecula

November 11, 2009 |  4:32 pm

Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol seized 27 pounds of cocaine during a vehicle stop on Interstate 15 in Temecula, authorities said today. Coke load 001

Agents were patrolling the interstate near a Border Patrol checkpoint about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when they stopped a northbound Toyota Corolla.

With the aid of a drug-sniffing dog, agents found 10 bundles of the drug inside the dashboard, the agency said. The cocaine has a street value of more than $270,000 and was turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The driver, a 30-year-old woman and U.S. citizen, was arrested on suspicion of cocaine smuggling, 
according to the Border Patrol.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Bundled cocaine behind the dashboard. Credit: U.S. Border Patrol