Calexico, Calif., — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry over the Valentine’s Day weekend seized $368,000 worth of methamphetamine in two separate incidents.
The first incident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. on Feb.14, when CBP officers encountered a 2000 Ford Explorer, driven by a 28-year-old male U.S. citizen as he waited in line for inspection. During the inspection the officer determined the driver and vehicle needed an in-depth examination.
A CBP canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the engine. An intensive search revealed one wrapped package of methamphetamine, weighing 10 pounds, hidden within a non-factory compartment inside of the intake manifold.
The narcotic has an estimated street value of $115,000.
The driver, a resident of El Centro, Calif., was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents (HSI) for further processing.
The second incident occurred at about 4:20 a.m., on February 17, when a CBP canine team was screening vehicles as they waited in line for inspection. The detector dog alerted to a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up. The officers escorted the pick-up truck and driver, a 24-year-old male Mexican citizen, for further examination.
During the inspection, officers discovered 20 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the gas tank of the vehicle.
The narcotics weighed approximately 22 pounds with an estimated street value of $253,000.
The man, a resident of El Centro, Calif., was arrested and turned over to the custody of HSI for further processing.
CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.