Calexico, Calif., — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry Tuesday discovered approximately $265,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine concealed inside the cargo area of an SUV.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Jan. 28, CBP officers encountered a 2005 Ford Escape, driven by a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen, and referred the driver and vehicle for a more in-depth examination.
During the inspection, officers utilized the port’s imaging system and a detector dog that alerted to the rear seats and cargo area inside the vehicle. An intensive search revealed 10 vacuum-sealed packages of crystal methamphetamine inside plastic containers stored under the cargo area of the vehicle.
The narcotics weighed almost 14 pounds.
The driver, a resident of El Centro, California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.
The subject was 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.