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CBP Officers at Calexico East Port Stop 38 Pounds of Cocaine From Entering the U.S.

Release Date: 
May 18, 2012

Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico East port of entry yesterday arrested a United States citizen after they discovered 38 pounds of cocaine hidden in the vehicle he was driving.

The seizure occurred late evening Thursday, May 17, at about 11:10 p.m. when officers with the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team and canine unit were screening vehicles and travelers as they waited to enter the U.S. The detector dog alerted to a blue 2002 Jeep Liberty and officers escorted both driver and vehicle to secondary for further examination.

Officers conducted an intensive inspection on the vehicle that resulted in the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside the gas tank. The cocaine packages have a street value of approximately $456,000.

The driver, a 29-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Mexicali, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing. The driver was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where he currently awaits arraignment.

This seizure comes on the heels of a 52 pound cocaine seizure that occurred at about 1:00 a.m. on the same day at the downtown port.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021