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Methamphetamine Bust Worth $55,000 at Calexico Downtown Port

Release Date: 
February 28, 2012

Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a Mexican citizen after discovering $55,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle he was driving.

CBP canine teams are the absolute best at finding hidden narcotics. A Calexico detector dog alerted to the front area of the car and an intensive search of the area led officers to the discovery of this five pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside a non-factory metal compartment in the vehicle's oil pan.

CBP canine teams are the absolute best at finding hidden narcotics. A Calexico detector dog alerted to the front area of the car and an intensive search of the area led officers to the discovery of this five pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside a non-factory metal compartment in the vehicle's oil pan.

The incident occurred on February 27, at about 1:00 p.m., when a CBP officer conducting vehicle secondary inspections approached the driver of a 2001 silver Chrysler P.T. Cruiser that was referred for a secondary examination.

During the examination, a canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the front area of the car. An intensive search of the area led officers to the discovery of five pounds of the narcotic concealed inside a non-factory metal compartment in the vehicle's oil pan.

The driver, a 22-year-old male resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further investigation. The violator was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where he currently awaits arraignment.

CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizen to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of his 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 management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017