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Canadian woman caught sneaking $200,000 of cocaine into New York border

Posted: 10:32 AM, Dec 13, 2014
Updated: 2014-12-13 10:32:09-05
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the car was driven across the Rainbow Bridge from Niagra Falls, Ontario to Niagra Falls, New York. (Photo: umich.edu)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the car was driven across the Rainbow Bridge from Niagra Falls, Ontario to Niagra Falls, New York. (Photo: umich.edu)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Border officers say inconsistencies in the spare tire of a car entering from Canada led them to 12 pounds of cocaine.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say the car was driven by a Canadian woman across the Rainbow Bridge from Niagara Falls, Ontario into Niagara Falls, New York, on Thursday.

After a primary interview, the woman was sent for a secondary exam. That’s when officers examining her car detected problems with its spare tire. Inside the tire, they found six vacuum-sealed bags of cocaine with a street value of just under $200,000.

The driver’s name hasn’t been released. She’s charged with possession of a controlled substance.