SAN DIEGO -- During a 24-hour period at ports of entry along the California border with Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a total of 244 pounds of narcotics valued at more than $1.9 million.
From 12 a.m. Thursday to 12 a.m. Friday, CBP officers intercepted 104 pounds of methamphetamine, 88 pounds of cocaine and 52 pounds of heroin hidden inside vehicles within various locations such as seats, quarter panels, gas tanks and rocker panels.
“The drug smuggling organizations attempt to elude officers by using many different concealment techniques,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego. “The highly trained and vigilant CBP officers terminated these attempts and kept dangerous narcotics out of our communities."
Some significant seizures are listed below.
On Thursday, Oct. 12, at about 10 a.m., CBP officers working at the Andrade port of entry encountered a 35-year-old male Mexican citizen as he entered the border crossing driving a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver presented his border crossing card for entry to the officer. The CBP officer detected irregularities and referred the vehicle and driver for a more in-depth examination.
CBP officers conducted an intensive search of the truck, that included use of a fiber optic scope, and found 40 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the gas tank. The weight of the narcotics was 52 pounds with an estimated street value of $130,000.
The driver, a resident of Mexicali, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing.
A few hours later at about 3 p.m. at the San Ysidro port of entry, an 18-year-old female Mexican citizen driving a 2012 Ford Edge applied for entry into the U.S. via vehicle lane 15. The driver presented her border crossing card for entry to the officer. The CBP officer referred the woman and vehicle for further inspection.
Officers conducted an intensive examination that included the use of a canine unit. After the canine alerted to the vehicle’s undercarriage, officers discovered 32 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed within the gas tank and the rocker panels. The weight of the narcotics was 88 pounds with an estimated street value of approximately $1.2 million.
The woman was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing.
CBP officers seized the vehicles and narcotics.
On a typical day in fiscal year 2016, CBP seized 7,910 pounds of drugs.
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.