Woman arrested on smuggling charges in Calexico

Woman arrested on smuggling charges in Calexico

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CALEXICO, Calif. – A woman was arrested on smuggling charges after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found more than half a million dollars-worth of drugs in the car she was driving.

The 23-year-old drove up the Calexico east port of entry where she was sent to secondary inspection. Officers say they noticed anomalies in the doors and back seats of the car with their imaging system, that’s when the K-9 officer alerted the car.

Officers say they found 13 packages of cocaine weighing about 35 pounds and one package of heroin weighing almost three pounds.

The woman, a Riverside resident, was turned over to the Homeland Security Investigation and was booked into Imperial County Jail.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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