CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry Monday discovered approximately $110,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed inside a hidden compartment built into the undercarriage of a vehicle.
Shortly before 8 a.m. on September 23rd, CBP officers encountered a 2001 Volkswagen Passat, driven by a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen, and referred the driver and vehicle for a more in-depth examination.
During the inspection, officers utilized a detector dog who alerted underneath the vehicle. An intensive search revealed a non-factory compartment in the vehicle's undercarriage that contained 10 packages of methamphetamine. The narcotics weighed 5.73 pounds, with an estimated street value of $110,000.
The driver, a resident of Coachella, California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing.
The subject was transported to the Imperial County Jail for arraignment.
CBP seized the vehicle 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.