IMPERIAL VALLEY, Calif.— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Imperial Valley ports of entry over the weekend intercepted approximately $230,000 worth of methamphetamine and cocaine in two separate seizures.
The first incident occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, when CBP officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry encountered a U.S. citizen applying for admission at the pedestrian area carrying a wooden cot inside a suitcase. Officers escorted the 21-year-old male to a secure area to conduct a further examination.
CBP officers utilized the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies within the cot. An intensive search led officers to the discovery of 11 wrapped packages containing more than three pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the wooden frame of the cot.
The cocaine has an estimated street value of almost $41,000 and the methamphetamine is worth approximately $74,000.
The man, a resident of Chicago, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents.
Later that day, the second incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m., when CBP officers at the Andrade port of entry encountered a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen. The driver and the vehicle were referred for an in-depth examination.
During the inspection, a CBP canine team screened the Volkswagen and received a positive alert from the detector dog. An intensive examination revealed 14 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed in both rear doors of the vehicle.
The narcotics weighed approximately 18 pounds with an estimated street value of $115,000.
The man, a resident of Los Algodones, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents.
CBP placed an immigration hold on the driver, to initiate removal from the U.S. at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.
In both events, CBP seized the vehicles and the narcotics.
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.