CALEXICO, CALIF.--U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico East port of entry Thursday arrested a Mexicali woman after discovering approximately $1 million worth of methamphetamine concealed throughout her vehicle.
The incident occurred August 29 at about 4:30 p.m., when officers utilizing the port's imaging system detected anomalies in the rear doors of a 2005 Nissan X-Trail SUV, driven by a 40-year-old female.
A CBP canine team received an alert from their detector dog; officers discovered 46 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear doors, dashboard, and spare tire of the vehicle. The narcotics weighed almost 59 pounds.
The driver, a Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing, and was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where she awaits arraignment.
CBP placed an immigration hold on the woman to initiate removal from the U.S. at the conclusion of her criminal proceedings.
CBP seized both 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.