CBP Officers at Calexico and Andrade Ports Seize Over $1Million Worth of Hard Narcotics Over the Weekend
Imperial Valley, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade and Calexico ports of entry made four significant hard narcotics seizures worth over $1 million dollars during the holiday weekend.
The first seizure occurred on Friday, November 9, about 5:20 p.m. at the Calexico downtown port of entry when officers with the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) targeted a 23-year-old female driving a grey 2008 Ford Focus for further examination.
During the examination a detector dog screened the vehicle and alerted to the dashboard area. Officers x-rayed the vehicle that led to the discovery of 17 wrapped packages of methamphetamine and six wrapped packages of cocaine hidden inside a non-factory compartment in the dashboard. The combined weight of the narcotics was 41 pounds with a combine street value of approximately $570,000.
The driver, a U.S. citizen and resident of Huron, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
The second seizure occurred at about 7:00 p.m. at the Andrade port of entry when a 40 year old male U.S. citizen driving a gold 1996 Chevy S-10 pick-up truck was escorted for further examination.
Officers conducted an intensive search of the vehicle and found eight wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside of non-factory compartments located in the rear wheel wells of the truck. The weight of the narcotic was 20 pounds with a street value of approximately $240,000.
The driver, a resident of Yuma, Arizona, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
The third seizure occurred on Saturday, November 10, at about 8:40 p.m. at the Calexico downtown port when a CBP officer noticed a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen exhibiting signs of nervousness as he entered the port on foot. The officer escorted the traveler to the secondary examination area for a more in-depth inspection.
During the examination, officers removed eight wrapped packages of methamphetamine attached to the man's torso and legs. The weight of the narcotic was seven pounds with a street value of approximately $105,000.
The traveler, a resident of Spring Valley, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
The fourth seizure occurred on Sunday, November 11, at about 12:15 p.m. at the Calexico downtown port when a canine team conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers, alerted to a maroon 2006 Ford Focus as the driver waited in line for inspection. Both driver and vehicle were escorted for further examination.
Officers conducted an intensive search of the vehicle that led to the discovery of 20 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a non-factory compartment in the dashboard. The weight of the narcotic was 10 pounds with a street value of approximately $150,000.
The driver, a 45-year-old male Mexican citizen and lawful permanent resident of Sanger, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
The subjects were all turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing. They were later transported to the Imperial County Jail where they await arraignment.
CBP officers in all four incidents, CBP officers 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 U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.