CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Calexico downtown port of entry seized eight pounds of cocaine and arrested the driver, a 40-year-old Mexicali man, for the alleged smuggling attempt.
The incident occurred yesterday, Wednesday, April 3, at about 1:15 p.m. when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the driver of a white 2002 Ford Windstar for further examination.
CBP officers conducted a thorough inspection on the vehicle that included the use of X-ray equipment. Officers detected anomalies with the interior of the vehicle and upon further search discovered three wrapped packages of cocaine hidden inside a non-factory compartment in the dashboard. The street value of the narcotic is approximately $96,000.
Officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing. The driver was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where he awaits arraignment.
CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizen to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.
CBP seized the narcotic and vehicle.
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.