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CA: Drugs found on SENTRI driver - Prescreened motorist in drug bust at U.S.-Mexico border ...
San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 6/24/05 | AP - San Diego

Posted on 06/24/2005 6:27:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SAN DIEGO – A prescreened driver who passed a security background check was arrested with drugs in her car as she attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Customs officials said Friday. A suspicious Customs official stopped 21-year-old Jhuliana Aramis Cohen of Tijuana, Mexico in one of the SENTRI lanes at San Diego's San Ysidro crossing.

Cohen was jailed Wednesday after a search turned up 202 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of her car.

About 80,000 pay up to $129 each to enroll in SENTRI, or Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection.

Adele Fasano, field operations director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Diego, said despite "a very small number" of violations each year, the majority of SENTRI participants were law-abiding travelers.

"Our vetting protocol is sound," Fasano said.

A transponder in SENTRI-registered vehicles beams passenger information to U.S. inspectors as the vehicles approach a booth, similar to prepaid toll systems. If passengers' faces match those on file, they get less scrutiny than people in other lanes.

Earlier this week, Customs officials doubled the number of SENTRI lanes at the San Ysidro crossing following complaints that wait times were more than an hour.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: border; california; driver; drugbust; drugs; mexico; motorist; prescreened; sentri

1 posted on 06/24/2005 6:27:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
I do hope that El Presidente Fox will get a refund of the $129 he paid for this woman's permit. It is OK if he doesn't, however, because he's more than made it up on the other shipments that have gotten through.

Oh, the humanity!! Think of all the ailing fairies in San Fran who will not be able to buy weed for the party! Medicinal mj is essential if fairies are going to spread that special love to other fairies. Thank goodness Fox has many, many other mules making deliveries!!

2 posted on 06/24/2005 6:37:06 PM PDT by Tacis ("Democrats - The Party of Traitors, Treachery and Treason!")
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To: NormsRevenge
Jhuliana Aramis Cohen of Tijuana, Mexico

I give up on this one.

3 posted on 06/24/2005 6:48:47 PM PDT by Fog Nozzle
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To: Fog Nozzle

She must have forgotten to pay her protection bad.

4 posted on 06/24/2005 7:53:29 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Tacis

It is not Fox who causes mules and drug smugglers and drug gangs. It is nuestro gobierno.

5 posted on 06/24/2005 8:23:54 PM PDT by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: NormsRevenge; Tacis; Oldexpat; Sender
Here's an update to this story
6 posted on 07/11/2005 2:10:02 PM PDT by bkwells
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