SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico over the Mother’s Day weekend intercepted more than a half of ton of narcotics valued at around $12 million.
From Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14, CBP officers intercepted 627 pounds of methamphetamine, 382 pounds of cocaine, nine pounds of heroin and 78 pounds of marijuana. CBP officers discovered the narcotics hidden inside vehicles in various places, such as the intake manifold, quarter panels, dashboards, seats and gas tanks.
One enforcement action is highlighted below:
On Friday about 5 p.m., a 20-year-old female U.S. citizen entered the Calexico downtown port of entry driving a white 2014 Honda Civic. A CBP officer referred the Civic for an examination and officers discovered anomalies within the engine area. Both vehicle and driver were escorted to the secondary inspection area for further examination.
During the intensive inspection, officers utilized the port’s imaging system that led to the discovery of 22 wrapped packages of methamphetamine and one wrapped package of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment within the dashboard area.
The methamphetamine yielded a total weight of about 34 pounds with an estimated street value of approximately $47,600 and the cocaine yielded a weight of two pounds with an estimated street value of approximately $30,000.
The driver, a resident of Desert Hot Springs, California, was arrested for the alleged smuggling attempt and turned over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing.
“CBP officers constantly combat the flow of drugs from entering the U.S. at our ports of entry and $12 million worth of it is evident of our officers’ effectiveness,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego.
CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States. Those statistics can be on the CBP Enforcement Stats webpage.
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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.