Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Calexico ports of entry over the weekend intercepted 15 pounds of methamphetamine in two separate incidents.
The first incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 2, at about 7:10 p.m. at the Calexico downtown port when a CBP officer referred a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a white 2005 Lincoln LS for further examination.
During the intensive examination, a canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the Lincoln LS. Officers subsequently discovered two large wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside a non-factory compartment in the manifold area of the engine. The weight of the methamphetamine was four pounds with a street value of $44,000.
The driver, a resident of El Centro, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for further processing.
The second incident occurred on Monday, September 5, at about 6:50 a.m. at the Calexico East port when a CBP officer referred a 52-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a grey 2002 Dodge Stratus for further examination.
During the intensive examination, a canine team was screening vehicles when the detector dog alerted to the Dodge Stratus. CBP officers subsequently discovered 22 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the rail frame of the vehicle. The weight of the narcotic was 11 pounds with a street value of $121, 000.
The driver, a permanent resident of Delano, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing.
The two individuals involved in the narcotic smuggling attempts were transported to the Imperial County Jail, where they await arraignment.
CBP seized both vehicles and 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.