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.
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.
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.
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.