CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry over the weekend discovered 32 pounds of heroin and cocaine concealed inside the muffler of a vehicle.
On Sunday morning, May 12, at about 10:30 a.m., a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred a brown 2000 Chevy Malibu for further examination.
CBP officers conducted an intensive examination that included a canine screening, x-ray equipment and use of a density meter that resulted in the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of heroin and three wrapped packages of cocaine comingled inside the vehicle's muffler. The street value of the narcotics is estimated at approximately $385,560.
The driver, an 18-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested and turned over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing. The driver was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where he awaits arraignment in federal court for the alleged smuggling attempt.
CBP seized the vehicle and 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.