CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico ports of entry Thursday seized about $1.3 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle and apprehended a woman with an outstanding warrant for first-degree murder.
The first incident occurred on Nov. 21, shortly before 8:00 a.m., when a CBP officer at the Calexico east port of entry referred the driver of a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup for a more in-depth examination.
During an intensive inspection that included the use of the port’s imaging system and an alert from a detector dog, officers discovered 12 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside hidden compartments built into the wheels of the vehicle.
The total weight of the methamphetamine was approximately 72 pounds.
The driver, a 43-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned over to HSI agents for further processing. He was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.
Later in the day, at about 6:20 p.m., CBP officers encountered Nora Yesenia Sandoval, a 35-year-old U.S. citizen, who entered the Calexico downtown port of entry as a pedestrian.
A CBP officer checked Sandoval’s name against law enforcement databases, and was alerted that she was wanted by the Bullhead City Police Department. Officers ran her fingerprints through the Integrated Automated Fingerprint System (IAFIS), confirming her identity as well as the active felony warrant for murder.
Sandoval was booked into the Imperial County Jail to await extradition.
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
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.