Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a 22-year-old male U.S. citizen after discovering $33,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a fire extinguisher.
On April 9 at about 4:00 p.m., a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the driver of a grey 2006 Dodge Ram pick-up truck for further examination.
During the inspection, a canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to a fire extinguisher that was located behind the seat of the truck. Officers searched the extinguisher and discovered three pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the device.
CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic and the driver, a resident of Indio, California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further investigation. He was later transported to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office to await arraignment.
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.