CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen after discovering $330,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle he was driving.
The incident occurred this morning, Thursday, March 29, at about 4:00 a.m. when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the blue 2005 Nissan Sentra for further examination.
During the inspection, a canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the dashboard area. An intensive search of the area led officers to the discovery of 30 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle's dashboard. The weight of the narcotic is 30 pounds.
The driver, a resident of Holtville, California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further investigation. The violator was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where he currently awaits arraignment.
CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.
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.