Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico ports of entry stopped more than $350,000 worth of methamphetamine from entering the U.S. on Wednesday.
The first seizure occurred at about 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, at the Calexico East port when a canine team was screening vehicles and the canine alerted to a grey 2006 Chevrolet Aveo as the driver waited in line for inspection. Officers with the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team escorted the 20-year-old female U.S. citizen to secondary for further examination.
During the examination, utilization of newly deployed non-intrusive x-ray system showed anomalies to the rear floor area of the vehicle. A search of the area led officers to the discovery of 19 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside a non-factory compartment underneath the vehicle's rear seat. The weight of the narcotic was 22 pounds with a street value of approximately $330,000.
CBP officers arrested the driver, a resident of Calexico, California, for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
The second seizure occurred two hours later at the Calexico downtown port when officers with the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred a 21-year-old male U. S. citizen driving a silver 2001 Chrysler Sebring for further examination.
At secondary, an intensive examination that included the utilization of a detector dog led officers to the discovery of four pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside a metal box in the vehicle's oil pan. The large methamphetamine package has a street value of approximately $60,000.
CBP officers arrested the driver, a resident of San Jose, California, for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
In both incidents, the violators were transferred over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and transported to the Imperial County Jail where they currently await arraignment.
CBP seized the narcotics and vehicles.
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.