ANDRADE, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade port of entry yesterday discovered 48 pounds of cocaine concealed in the gas tank of a vehicle.
On Monday night, at about 9:00 p.m., a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred a white 1992 Jeep Cherokee after detecting anomalies to the jeep's gas tank.
CBP officers conducted an intensive examination of the vehicle and discovered 19 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment in the tank. The street value of the narcotic is estimated at approximately $576,000.
The driver, a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Yuma, Arizona, was arrested and transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment in federal court for the alleged smuggling attempt.
CBP seized 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.