CALEXICO, Calif., — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico East port of entry Tuesday arrested a married couple after discovering almost $40,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed under the wife’s clothing.
The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. on April 15, when CBP officers encountered a 47-year-old male driver and his 45-year-old wife after they arrived at the port in a 1995 Ford F-250 pickup. The officer referred the couple and their vehicle for a more in-depth inspection.
During the inspection, a CBP narcotics detector dog alerted to the woman, leading officers to the discovery of six wrapped packages concealed under her clothing, on her waist and chest areas.
The substance field tested positive as methamphetamine, and yielded a total weight of more than six pounds.
The couple, both U.S. citizens and residents of Indio, California, were arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.
They were later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.
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.