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81-Year-Old Arrested At Border With Almost 100 Pounds Of Heroin

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SAN DIEGO (KDKA) -- An elderly woman was arrested in California on Wednesday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found almost 100 pounds of heroin in her vehicle.

An 81-year-old woman was trying to enter the United States at the Tecate port of entry when a dog on the K-9 team screening vehicles alerted officers to the driver side rocker panel of the woman's vehicle.

Officers conducted an in-depth inspection of the vehicle and found 34 wrapped packages of heroin, weighing 92 pounds, inside the rocker panels.

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(Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the estimated street value of the heroin is more than $870,000.

The woman, who is a U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.


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