California authorities seize $360,000 of cocaine from car at U.S.-Mexico border
California Department of Justice officials stopped a car at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing in Calexico and found 18 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $360,000, Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said Thursday.
The car was stopped July 10. Justice Department agents were following up on information of drug trafficking along the border when they spotted a suspicious car coming into the United States from Mexicali, according to a statement from Harris’ office.
They followed the car and, with Imperial County sheriff’s deputies, stopped it for a vehicle code violation near the city of Brawley.
A police dog sniffed around the floorboard of the rear seat, where officers allegedly found a hidden compartment with the cocaine wrapped in red tape.
They arrested Heriberto Armenta Gamez of Mexicali on a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to sell, according to the statement.
-- Sam Quinones