Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico East port of entry arrested a U.S. citizen over the weekend after discovering 14 pounds of methamphetamine and three pounds of cocaine hidden in the vehicle she was driving.
The incident occurred at about 4:10 p.m., Sunday, May 6, when a CBP officer and his canine were screening vehicles and travelers and the detector dog alerted to a silver 2006 Ford Mustang. Both driver and vehicle were escorted to the secondary inspection area for further examination.
An intensive inspection of the vehicle led officers to the discovery of 18 wrapped packages of methamphetamine and one package of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment in the floor area. The combined weight of the narcotics was 17 pounds with a combined street value of approximately $246,000.
The driver, a 20-year-old female Calexico resident, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who in turn transported her to the Imperial County Jail where she currently await arraignment.
CBP seized both 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.