Calexico, Calif. —Thursday, approximately 15 miles west of downtown Calexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents assigned to the El Centro Sector disrupted a drug smuggling attempt resulting in the arrest of one man and the seizure of 1,214 pounds of marijuana.
The incident occurred at around 8 p.m., when camera operators spotted a 2003 Dodge Durango heading north across the United States/Mexico boundary. The driver, a 53-year-old Mexican national, used the vehicle to push the vehicle barricades aside creating a space to drive thru. He then continued driving north toward Mount Signal Road and Highway 98.
Responding agents attempted a vehicle stop; the man failed to yield to agents and then attempted to return to Mexico driving southbound cross country until his vehicle became disabled. Agents arrested the man, and a search of the vehicle revealed 46 packages of marijuana packed inside. Agents seized 1,214 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $971,000.
CBP agents turned the man, vehicle, and marijuana over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.