US citizens were caught almost seven times more often than Mexican citizens between October 2020 and March 31
On Saturday, a US citizen was caught trying to smuggle about 38 pounds of cocaine through a checkpoint in Borrego Springs, California, according to an agency statement.
According to the agency, agents stopped the 47-year-old driver of a white 2011 Chevrolet Traverse and drugs were discovered inside a rear floorboard by a Border Patrol K-9 detection team. The material tested positive for cocaine, with an estimated street value of over $600,000.
“No matter where smugglers hide these dangerous drugs, K9 Amon’s mighty nose will smell it,” a border agent posted on Twitter.
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The Associated Press reported back in May that the number of US citizens caught trying to smuggle illegal drugs into the US has increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
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US citizens were apprehended nearly seven times more often for trying to smuggle drugs in vehicles than Mexican citizens between October 2020 and March 31, US Customs and Border Protection data show. In the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, Americans were caught nearly twice as often as Mexicans.