CALEXICO, Calif.— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry Thursday discovered $143,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed in a vehicle.
The incident occurred shortly after 11:45 a.m. on March 13, when a CBP officer referred a 39-year-old female U.S. citizen for further inspection after she arrived at the Calexico port of entry driving a 2005 Ford Taurus.
A CBP canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the undercarriage. Further search of the area led officers to discover 17 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed in two specially built compartments located in the gas tank and the wheel well area of the vehicle.
Officers removed a total weight of about 22 pounds.
The driver, a resident of Kerman, Calif., was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing.
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.