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.
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.