Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry seized more than $800,000 worth of narcotics in two separate incidents over the weekend.
The first seizure occurred at about 8 a.m. on July 31, when CBP officers arrested a 66-year-old male Mexican citizen after 23 pounds of methamphetamine was discovered hidden in the vehicle he was driving.
CBP officers with the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team were conducting an enforcement operation when a detector dog alerted to the 2007 Nissan Sentra, as it waited in line for inspection. Officers then escorted both the driver and vehicle aside for further investigation.
Officers conducted an intensive inspection and discovered 16 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside a specially-built compartment in the dashboard area of the vehicle. The estimated street value of the narcotic is $241,500.
CBP officers turned the driver, a lawful permanent resident of Riverside, over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing.
The second seizure occurred 50 minutes later when again officers with the port's A-TCET were conducting an enforcement operation and a detector dog alerted to a 2007 Audi Q7 as it waited in line for inspection.
Officers escorted both driver and vehicle to the secondary inspection area for further investigation.
An intensive examination led officers to discover 28 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside two non-factory compartments in the vehicle's undercarriage. The weight of the narcotic was 63 pounds with a street value of $567,000.
The driver, a 43-year-old male lawful permanent resident of Van Nuys, was arrested and turned over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing.
In both incidents, the drivers were transported to the Imperial County Jail pending arraignment.
CBP placed immigration holds on both Mexican citizens to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of their criminal proceedings.
CBP officers seized the vehicles 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.