A border patrol canine team working Sunday along State Route 80 near Tombstone found 40 pounds of cocaine hidden in a sedan driving through a checkpoint.
The coke had a street value of more than $441,000, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.
Agents detained four U.S. citizens after the dog alerted to drugs in their 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. A search of the car turned up 16 bricks of cocaine hidden in a non-factory compartment in the front bumper behind the fog lights.
“Prosecution was waived by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and will be handled at the state level,” the news release stated.
The suspects were released from border patrol custody and the car and the cocaine were turned over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety officers who will handle the investigation.
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“As part of the Border Patrol’s defense-in-depth strategy, checkpoints continue to be effective barriers for preventing illegal drugs from entering the interior of the nation. Canine teams maximize the efficiency of the checkpoint and enhance agents’ abilities to rapidly detect and interdict contraband,” the release stated.