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CBP at Calexico and Andrade Ports Seize More Than $1.5 Million in Hard Narcotics

Release Date: 
April 30, 2013

IMPERIAL VALLEY, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations for the Andrade and Calexico ports of entry recently made four significant narcotics seizures worth over $1.5 million.

 

An intensive examination led CBP officers to the discovery of 70 large wrapped packages of marijuana co-mingled with charcoal. An intensive examination led CBP officers to the discovery of 70 large wrapped packages of marijuana co-mingled with charcoal.

An intensive examination led CBP officers to the discovery of 70 large wrapped packages of marijuana co-mingled with charcoal.

The first seizure occurred on Friday, April 26, at about 7:40 a.m. at the Andrade port of entry when a detector dog screening vehicles alerted to a white 2008 Dodge Avenger as the driver was being inspected by a CBP officer. Both vehicle and driver were referred for further examination.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection on the vehicle that included the use of a fiber optic scope on the gas tank. Subsequently, officers discovered five wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside the tank. The weight of the narcotic was 12 pounds with a street value of approximately $144,000.

The driver, a 29-year-old female Mexican citizen and resident of Yuma, Arizona, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

The second seizure occurred eight hours later at the Calexico East port cargo facility when a 37-year-old male driver entered the United States driving a tractor trailer hauling 500 large sacks of charcoal. The trailer was referred for further examination.

An intensive examination of the conveyance that included a screening by a canine team and x-ray equipment led CBP officers to the discovery of 70 large wrapped packages of marijuana co-mingled with the charcoal inside the sacks. The weight of the narcotic was 991 pounds with a street value of approximately $594,000.

CBP officers arrested the driver, a Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

The third seizure occurred on Saturday, April 27, at about 10:40 a.m. at the Calexico downtown port when a canine team screening vehicles alerted to a black 2009 Ford Focus as the driver waited in line for inspection. CBP officers escorted the driver and vehicle for further examination.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection that resulted in the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside the upper and lower rear seat cushions of the vehicle. The weight of the narcotic was 38 pounds with a street value of approximately $456,000.

The driver, a 29-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of San Juan Bautista, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

The fourth seizure occurred six hours later at the downtown port when a canine team screening vehicles alerted to the trunk of a gold 2005 Ford Taurus as the driver was undergoing inspection. Both the driver and vehicle were escorted to the secondary inspection area for further examination.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection that resulted in the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside the vehicle's trunk. The weight of the narcotic was 32 pounds with an estimated street value of approximately $384,000.

The driver, a 22-year-old female U.S. citizen and resident of Whittier, California was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

The drivers were turned over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing and transported to the Imperial County Jail for arraignment.

CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizens to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of their criminal proceedings.

In all four incidents, CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017