SARITA, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents seized nearly half a million dollars in cocaine at the Sarita Border Patrol checkpoint on Friday.

The seizure occurred on Friday when Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint on Highway 77 south of Kingsville questioned the driver of a sedan as to his citizenship. While determining the driver's citizenship, a Border Patrol Canine alerted positively to the presence of concealed humans or drugs within the vehicle while performing a free air sniff of the exterior.

The driver was directed to the secondary inspection area where a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of five bundles of a white powdery substance, which later tested positive for cocaine, hidden within the dashboard. The total weight of the cocaine was 13 pounds and six ounces with an estimated value of $ 435,200. The driver, a 33-year-old Corpus Christi resident was arrested.

The driver, cocaine, and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration pending investigation.