IMPERIAL COUNTY, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade and Calexico ports of entry over the weekend made two significant narcotic seizures worth more than $250,000.
The first seizure occurred on Saturday, May 4, at about 2:15 p.m. at the Calexico East port of entry when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred a silver 2006 Ford Mustang for further inspection.
CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection that included a canine screening and the detector dog alerted to the driver's side of the vehicle. Subsequent search led officers to the discovery of ten wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside two non-factory compartments in the front fenders of the vehicle. The narcotic weighed 12 pounds with a street value of approximately $144,000.
The driver, a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Pomona, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
The second seizure occurred the following day, Sunday, May 5, at about 11:30 a.m. at the Andrade port of entry when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers encountered a 43-year-old female U.S. citizen driving a white 2012 Nissan Sentra. During the inspection, the CBP officer detected anomalies to the gas tank and referred both driver and vehicle for further examination.
An intensive inspection that included a canine screening and use of a fiber optic scope led officers to the discovery of 62 wrapped packages of marijuana and six wrapped packages of methamphetamine co-mingled inside the vehicle's tank. The weight of the narcotics was 44 pounds with a street value of approximately $106,200.
The driver, a resident of Ciudad Morelos, Mexico, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
Both drivers were turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing. They were later transported to the Imperial County Jail where they await arraignment.
CBP officers in both incidents 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.