Pictured are the bundles of cocaine found in a car Friday at the Sarita checkpoint.

28 bundles discovered in sedan

Staff Report, Alice Echo-News Journal

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

The seizure occurred on Aug. 31, when Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sarita Border Patrol traffic checkpoint on Highway 77 south of Kingsville, Texas, questioned the driver of a sedan as to his citizenship.

While determining the driver’s citizenship, a Border Patrol canine alerted 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 28 bundles of a white powdery substance, which later tested positive for cocaine, hidden in non-factory compartments in the vehicle.

The total weight of the cocaine was 54 pounds with an estimated value of $1,728,000. The driver, a 38-year-old U.S. citizen from Raymondville, Texas, was arrested.

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

Texas National Guard personnel assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector in support of Operation Jumpstart assisted the Kingsville Border Patrol Agents by disassembling and unloading the vehicle.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sectors’ toll free telephone number at 1-800-863-9382.