Imperial Valley, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade and Calexico downtown ports of entry intercepted almost $250,000 worth of narcotics from entering the United States over a two day period.
The most recent seizure occurred yesterday at about 2 p.m. at the Andrade port of entry when
a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a black 2005 Nissan Titan truck was referred for a more intensive examination.
During the secondary examination, a canine screening of the vehicle led officers to the discovery of 24 wrapped packages of marijuana concealed inside metal boxes that were bolted to the inner rims of all four tires. The weight of the narcotic was 109 pounds with an estimated street value of $49,430.
The driver, a resident of Sonora, Mexico, was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing.
On Wednesday, March 23, at about 10:45 p.m. at the Calexico downtown port of entry, a detector dog alerted to a white Ford F-150 pick-up truck as the driver waited in line for inspection. Officers then escorted the driver and vehicle to the secondary area for further investigation.
An intensive inspection led officers to the discovery of eight wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment affixed to the passenger side frame of the truck. The weight of the narcotic was 22 pounds with an estimated street value of $198,000.
The driver, a permanent resident of Ocotillo, California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing.
Both drivers were transported to the Imperial County Jail where they currently await arraignment.
CBP placed an immigration hold on both Mexican citizens to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of their criminal proceedings.
In both incidents, CBP seized the narcotics and vehicles.
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.