ANDRADE, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade port of entry yesterday discovered 38 pounds of cocaine concealed underneath the rear seat of a vehicle.
On Monday, June 17, at about 6:30 a.m., a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers escorted a white 2004 Toyota Tundra pick-up truck for further examination.
CBP officers conducted an intensive examination of the vehicle and discovered 16 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment underneath the rear seat of the pickup truck. The street value of the narcotic is estimated at approximately $456,000.
The driver, a 22-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Somerton, Arizona, was arrested and transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment in federal court for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
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.