PRESIDIO – Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers seized over five pounds of cocaine on Thursday evening.
Officials tell NewsWest 9, the drugs were concealed within the battery of the car driven by a traveler.
We're told the drugs were found after a lone male driving a 2002 Ford Escape applied for entry at the inspection station and the CBP officers saw that the vehicle didn't have a license plate.
The man told officers that he had just purchased the vehicle the day before.
The vehicle was referred to secondary for an intensive inspection.
During the secondary inspection, a narcotics detector dog alerted to the front of the vehicle.
Following a Z-Portal scan, anomalies were found in the battery and after probing the battery the drugs were found.
32-year-old Raul Rene Murillo Tello of Chihuahua, Mexico was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.