LAREDO, Texas – A 22-year-old man was arrested after federal authorities say he tried to smuggle cocaine worth more than $347,000 in a Chevrolet Impala.
Federal agents intercepted the illegal load on Friday at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. The man, a U.S. citizen, was entering Laredo from Mexico.
The Impala was examined for a second time following a canine and imaging system inspection.
Border agents discovered a total of 17 packages containing 45.10 pounds of alleged cocaine inside the car. It allegedly has a street value of $347,820.
“Drug smugglers will go to extreme lengths to ensure their illegal contraband avoids detection,” Andrew Douglas, acting director of the Laredo Port of Entry, said in a news release.