CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a U.S. citizen after discovering approximately $315,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle she was driving.
The incident occurred yesterday, July 24, at about 11:45 a.m. when a canine team was screening vehicles and the detector dog alerted to a grey 2005 Kia Rio as the driver waited in line for inspection. Both driver and vehicle were escorted to vehicle secondary for further examination.
CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection, which included the use of x-ray equipment that led to the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle. The weight of the narcotic was 21 pounds.
The driver, a 21-year-old female resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing. The driver was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where she currently awaits arraignment.
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.