WINTERHAVEN, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade port of entry Tuesday arrested a Yuma woman after discovering more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the rear doors of the SUV she was driving.
The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m., on June 17, when a CBP officer encountered the 32-year-old woman after she entered the port driving a 2001 Ford Escape. The officer referred the vehicle and driver for a more in-depth examination.
During the inspection, a CBP canine team screened the vehicle and the narcotics detector dog alerted to the driver’s side rear door. Officers continued searching and ultimately discovered 24 wrapped packages concealed inside both of the SUV’s rear doors.
The packages field-tested positive as methamphetamine and have an estimated street value of about $165,000.
The woman, a Mexican citizen and lawful permanent resident of the U.S., was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. She was later transported to the Imperial County Jail.
CBP placed an immigration hold on the woman to initiate removal from the U.S. at the conclusion of her criminal proceedings.
CBP seized the vehicles and the 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.