Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico East port of entry arrested a male U.S. citizen yesterday after they discovered 12 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle he was driving.
The incident occurred late evening on Tuesday, May 1, at about 11:45 p.m. when officers with the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team were conducting inspections and a canine alerted to a gold 2000 Nissan Altima. Officers then escorted both the vehicle and driver to the secondary inspection area for further examination.
An intensive examination that included utilization of a fiber optic scope resulted in the discovery of 10 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle's gas tank. The methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $180,000.
The driver, a 20-year-old El Centro resident, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who in turn transported him to the Imperial County Jail where he currently awaits arraignment.
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 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.