CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico ports of entry Wednesday foiled two separate alleged smuggling attempts after discovering approximately $44,000 worth of marijuana, and about $164,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden in two different vehicles.
The first incident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. on March 26, when a 43-year-old female Mexican citizen entered the Calexico downtown port of entry driving a 2001 Ford Windstar minivan. A CBP officer searched the minivan and discovered anomalies behind the glove compartment. The vehicle and driver were escorted to a secure area for further investigation.
Officers continued searching the Windstar and ultimately discovered 40 wrapped packages that field tested positive as marijuana from inside the vehicle’s dashboard.
A total of almost 100 pounds of marijuana was offloaded, valued at approximately $44,000.
The second incident occurred about an hour later, when CBP officers at the Calexico East port of entry encountered a 25-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle and driver were referred for further review.
During an intensive search, a CBP detector dog alerted to the vehicle, leading officers to the discovery of 15 wrapped packages concealed inside both rocker panels and inside the rear bumper. Officers removed packages weighing more than 25 pounds from the vehicle. The substance field tested positive as methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $164,000.
The drivers, both residents of Mexicali, Baja California, were arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.
CBP seized the 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.