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CBP Officers at Calexico Cargo Facility and East Port Seize Almost Four Tons of Narcotics over Weekend

Release Date: 
April 23, 2012

Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico East cargo facility and border station seized almost four tons of narcotics over the weekend.

One of the 1,030 cardboard boxes that concealed marijuana packages co-mingled with Brussels sprouts on a shipment of agricultural products coming from Mexico into the U.S.

One of the 1,030 cardboard boxes that concealed marijuana packages co-mingled with Brussels sprouts on a shipment of agricultural products coming from Mexico into the U.S.

The largest seizure occurred on Friday, April 20, at about 8 p.m. when a 30-year-old Mexicali man entered the cargo facility driving a 1996 tractor trailer with cargo manifested as radishes and Brussels sprouts. A CBP officer conducting primary inspections referred the conveyance to the secondary dock area for further examination.

At the dock area, a canine team screened the conveyance and alerted to the trailer. An intensive examination of the trailer and shipment led officers to the discovery of 1,030 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden inside cardboard boxes co-mingled with the agriculture products. The weight of the marijuana is 7,587 pounds with a street value of approximately $7.5 million.

Black 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck that was used on the smuggling attempt of $110,000 worth of methamphetamine.

Black 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck that was used on the smuggling attempt of $110,000 worth of methamphetamine.

The driver, a Mexican national, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

The second seizure occurred the following day, Saturday, April 21, at about 6:30 a.m. at the Calexico East port of entry. A CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred a 47-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a black 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck for further examination.

During the examination, a CBP officer discovered a non-factory compartment in the bed floor of the truck. A canine team screened the bed area and the canine alerted. A subsequent search of the area led officers to the discovery of six wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the non-factory compartment. The weight of the narcotic is 10 pounds with a street value of approximately $110,000.

The driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

The drivers were turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who in turn transported them to the Imperial County Jail where they currently await arraignment.

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

CBP seized the narcotics and conveyances.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017