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Calexico CBP Officers Seize Methamphetamine Hidden in Car Battery

Release Date: 
August 16, 2013

CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry discovered more than nine pounds of methamphetamine inside the battery of a vehicle.

The incident occurred on August 15, when CBP officers encountered the driver of a blue 1995 Nissan Maxima that had entered from Mexico. Officers referred the driver, and her vehicle, for a more in-depth examination.

 

Officers discovered five wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the battery, with a street value of approximately $138,000.

Officers discovered five wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the battery, with a street value of approximately $138,000.

During an intensive inspection, a canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the engine compartment. Officers subsequently discovered five wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the battery, with a street value of approximately $138,000.

The driver, a 37-year-old U.S. citizen, and resident of El Centro, 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017