Santa Teresa, NM - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Santa Teresa, N.M. port of entry confiscated 53 pounds of cocaine Saturday, the port's largest seizure in more than five years.
The seizure was made after a 2000 Honda Odyssey entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth noticed inconsistencies in statements given by the driver and referred the vehicle to secondary for further examination.
A drug-sniffing dog "Popeye," searched the vehicle and alerted officers to the glove compartment area. The vehicle was taken to a separate inspection area where an extensive inspection of the vehicle was conducted.
CBP officers discovered 23 cocaine-filled packages concealed in a non-factory compartment in the front area of the dashboard in the firewall. The contents of the bundles tested positive for cocaine.
CBP officers at the port arrested the driver, 36-year-old Ruby Rodriguez of Deming. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents to face federal charges including importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
CBP officers also seized 1,156 pounds of marijuana and apprehended 22 fugitives last weekend at border entries in El Paso.