CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a female Mexican citizen after they discovered 12 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle she was driving.
The incident occurred yesterday at about 11:40 a.m. when officers with the port's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team were conducting inspections and a canine alerted to a silver 2005 Nissan Murano. Officers then escorted both the vehicle and driver to the secondary inspection area for further examination.
An intensive examination resulted in the discovery of 10 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a non-factory compartment within the center console area. The narcotics have a street value of approximately $132,000.
The driver, a 49-year-old Lawful Permanent Resident of Norwalk, California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who then transported her to the Imperial County Jail where she awaits arraignment.
CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizen to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of her criminal proceedings.
CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.
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.