CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry Tuesday stopped a pedestrian border crosser internally carrying methamphetamine worth about $6,800, and discovered another $182,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a vehicle’s batteries.
The first incident occurred Dec. 10, at about 5:45 a.m., when a CBP officer referred a 37-year-old female U.S. citizen, and resident of Niland, Calif., for additional inspection after she entered the port on foot.
During the inspection, a CBP detector dog alerted to the woman. Officers discovered she had two wrapped packages, containing almost six ounces of methamphetamine, hidden within a body cavity.
Later in the day, at about 7:30 p.m., a CBP canine team alerted to the engine compartment of a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup as the driver, a legal permanent resident of the U.S., waited in line for inspection. Officers escorted the vehicle and driver, a 53-year-old male Mexican citizen, and resident of Dehli, Calif., for further examination.
During the inspection, officers discovered two wrapped packages of methamphetamine, each concealed inside the vehicle’s two batteries. The narcotics yielded a total weight of almost 10 pounds.
Both subjects were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing, and were later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.
CBP seized the vehicle and the 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.