CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a United States citizen after they discovered 11 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle he was driving.
The incident occurred on Saturday, January 14, at about 6:00 p.m. when a detector dog alerted to a gold 1999 Mazda 626 as the driver was undergoing inspection at the primary vehicle booth. Both vehicle and driver were escorted to the vehicle secondary inspection area for further examination.
An intensive examination led officers to the discovery of 11 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside two non-factory compartments in the vehicle's gas tank. The methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $121,000.
The driver, a 38-year-old male resident of Fontana, California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing.
CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.
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.