Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico East port of entry Wednesday arrested a man after discovering more than 33 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the dashboard of his vehicle.
The incident occurred at 10 a.m. on Jan. 15, when CBP officers encountered the 34-year-old U.S. citizen after he entered the port driving a 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan. An officer referred the driver and vehicle for a more in-depth examination.
During an intensive inspection that included an alert from a CBP detector dog, officers searched the vehicle and discovered 14 wrapped packages of cocaine hidden inside the dashboard.
The cocaine has an estimated street value of $331,000.
The driver, a resident of San Ysidro, California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. He was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await 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.