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K-9 leads customs officers to six bundles of cocaine

Six bundles of cocaine found in rear bumper of a car // U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo

A Matamoros man is behind bars after he allegedly tried to smuggle more than 18 pounds of cocaine into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 26-year-old Juan Carlos Sanchez-Rodriguez on Tuesday.

Court records show that Sanchez-Rodriguez drove up from Matamoros at the Gateway International Bridge.

Customs officers sent his 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix to secondary inspection.

A K-9 officer allegedly found six bundles with 18.78 pounds of cocaine hidden in the rear bumper of his car.

Authorities believe the drugs are worth about $600,000 on the streets.

Sanchez-Rodriguez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Felix Recio in Brownsville on Wednesday morning.

Court records show that Sanchez-Rodriguez is a Mexican national who lives in Matamoros.

Judge Recio denied bond for Sanchez-Rodriguez until a Monday afternoon hearing.

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