CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry on Saturday discovered $286,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed under the rear seats of a vehicle.
The incident occurred shortly after 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 11, when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers encountered a 2001 blue Chevy Tracker, driven by a 61-year-old male Mexican citizen. The officer referred both the vehicle and driver to a secure area for further examination.
During the intensive inspection, officers utilized the port’s imaging system and a canine team that led officers to the discovery of 17 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the vehicle’s rear seat frames. The narcotics weighed approximately 44 pounds.
The driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.
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.