Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port arrested a female U.S. citizen yesterday after discovering 28 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle she was driving.
The incident occurred early morning on Tuesday, May 8, at about 4:00 a.m. when officers with the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team targeted a white 1997 Ford Explorer for further inspection.
During the examination, a canine team screened the vehicle and the canine alerted to the gas tank. CBP officers searched the tank and found 20 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside. The narcotic has a street value of approximately $420,000.
The driver, a 27-year-old Mexicali resident, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further investigation. The violator was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where she currently awaits arraignment.
This seizure comes on the heels of a 17 pound methamphetamine and cocaine seizure that occurred two days ago at the Calexico East port of entry.
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.