Border Patrol agents seized 767 pounds of cocaine and arrested a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of drug smuggling Tuesday about 3 p.m. at the San Onofre checkpoint, said Mike Gregg, a San Diego police public information officer.
The narcotics, estimated to have a street value of $45 million, and Robin Mary Whatley were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and to the U. S. Customs Service, Gregg said, adding that it was “the third major shipment” in two months.
On April 6, 547 pounds of cocaine were seized at the San Onofre checkpoint, and on May 8, 969 pounds were seized south of Imperial Beach near the U. S.-Mexican border, he said.
Gregg said he did not know of any link among the three seizures, but the DEA is investigating Tuesday’s arrest.
The seizures at the checkpoint are usually the result of random searches, Gregg said.