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.
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.
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.