Imperial Valley, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Imperial Valley ports of entry intercepted over $344,000 worth of narcotics that were allegedly being smuggled into the U.S. over the weekend.
At about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, CBP officers at the Andrade port of entry were screening vehicles when a canine unit alerted to a red 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup truck. The driver, a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen, and the vehicle were referred for further inspection.
An intensive examination that included the use of a density meter device led CBP officers to the discovery of 40 wrapped packages of marijuana concealed in all four tires of the truck. The weight of the narcotic was 72 pounds with a street value of approximately $32,570.
The driver, a resident of Ciudad Morelos, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
On Saturday, April 2, at about 3:40 a.m., an officer at the Calexico downtown port of entry referred a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a white 1992 Acura for further inspection.
In secondary, a canine screening resulted in the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the rear and front seats of the vehicle. The weight of the narcotic was 25 pounds with a street value of approximately $275,000.
The driver, a resident of Calipatria, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
Another seizure occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on the same day at the Calexico East port of entry when a canine alerted to a washing machine on the bed of a white Dodge Dakota pickup truck. The driver, a 17-year-old U.S. citizen, and the vehicle were escorted to the secondary area for further examination.
In secondary, officers utilized the x-ray imaging system and discovered 34 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden inside the washing machine. The weight of the narcotic was 81 pounds with a street value of approximately $36, 790.
The driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
In all three incidents, the drivers were transported to the Imperial County Jail where they currently await arraignment.
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.