CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry over the weekend arrested a Mexican citizen after discovering approximately $384,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle she was driving.
The incident occurred on Sunday, June 9, at about 1:30 p.m. when a canine unit conducting inspections of vehicles alerted to a grey 2005 Ford Freestyle as the driver waited in line for inspection. Both driver and vehicle were referred for further examination.
CBP officers conducted an intensive examination that led to the discovery of 32 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside a non-factory compartment under the center console of the vehicle. The weight of the narcotic was 32 pounds.
The driver, a 45-year-old female resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing. The driver was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where she currently awaits arraignment.
CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizen to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of her criminal proceedings.
CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.
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.