CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry Monday, August 26, found more than $337,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank of an SUV, and captured a fugitive with an active warrant for homicide.
At about 10:45 p.m., a 19-year-old female arrived at the port of entry driving a 1991 Isuzu Rodeo. The CBP officer performing his inspection noticed that the driver appeared nervous, and discovered modifications to the vehicle's gas tank. The officer then escorted the driver and vehicle for a more in-depth examination.
While conducting an intensive inspection, a detector dog alerted to the undercarriage. A CBP officer used a fiber-optic scope to look inside the gas tank and saw packages floating in gasoline. Officers subsequently removed 18 wrapped packages containing more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine.
The driver, a U.S. citizen, and resident of Brawley, California, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents for further processing. The subject was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where she currently awaits arraignment
CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
Later the same evening, at about 11:00 p.m., Julio Cesar Garcia, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of Salinas, California, was taken into custody after Mexican law enforcement officials turned him over to CBP officers in the pedestrian area.
Officers ran his fingerprints through the Integrated Automated Fingerprint System (IAFIS), confirming Garcia's identity and that he was wanted for homicide by the Monterey Police Department in Monterey, California.
This is the second homicide suspect apprehended at the port within the last three days.
Garcia was placed in the custody of officers with the Calexico Police Department and transported to the Imperial County jail where he awaits extradition.
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.