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CBP Officers Nab 66-Year-Old with 32 Pounds of Methamphetamine in Station Wagon

Release Date: 
September 30, 2015

WINTERHAVEN, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Andrade port of entry arrested a 66-year-old woman Monday after discovering 32 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in the gas tank of the vehicle she was driving.

CBP officers inspected this gas tank and found 33 vacuum-sealed packages with methamphetamine concealed inside.

CBP officers inspected this gas tank and found 33 vacuum-sealed packages with methamphetamine concealed inside.

At about 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 28, a woman entered the Andrade border crossing driving a 1999 Volvo station wagon.  A CBP officer referred the woman and her vehicle for additional inspection.

After utilizing a density meter and noticing possible signs of tampering on the vehicle’s gas tank, CBP officers inspected the area and found 33 vacuum-sealed packages concealed inside. The packages contained about 32 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of about $240,000.

The woman, a Mexican citizen and legal permanent resident of the U.S., was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing.  She was later booked into the Imperial County Jail.

Photo of CBP officers at the Andrade port of entry arrested a 66-year-old woman after discovering 32 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in the gas tank of the vehicle she was driving.

CBP officers at the Andrade port of entry arrested a 66-year-old woman after discovering 32 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in the gas tank of the vehicle she was driving.

“Drug trafficking organizations are using people of all ages, races, and genders to get their illegal products into the United States,” said David Sarrasin, Port Director for the Andrade port of entry. “Our officers face a daunting challenge of stopping them, and they are more than up to the challenge.”

CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

In fiscal year 2014, CBP officers at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico seized 14,732 pounds of methamphetamine.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017