K-9 leads customs officers to six bundles of cocaine
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.