Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico port of entry discovered marijuana and heroin hidden in conveyances destined for the United States.
The first incident occurred on Wednesday, October 17, at the Calexico cargo facility at approximately 3:00 p.m. when a 52 year-old male driver entered the U.S. driving a tractor trailer hauling a large soil compacting vehicle. The trailer was referred for further examination. An intensive search of the vehicle that included a canine unit and X-ray equipment led CBP officers to the discovery of eight large packages of marijuana concealed within the rollers. The weight of narcotics was 235 pounds with a street value of approximately $141,000.
CBP officers arrested the driver, a Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
The second incident occurred on the same day at approximately 6:30 p.m. at the Calexico east port of entry when a 24 year-old male Mexican citizen driving a blue 2000 Nissan Frontier truck was referred for further examination. An intensive search of the vehicle that included a canine team and X-ray equipment led officers to the discovery of six plastic bags of heroin concealed within the transmission. The weight of the narcotic was 16 pounds with a street value of approximately $192,000.
CBP officers arrested the driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, for the alleged smuggling attempt.
Both individuals were turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing. Drivers were later transported to the Imperial County Jail where they await arraignment.
CBP seized both vehicles 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.