CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry Wednesday arrested a woman after discovering methamphetamine, concealed inside the rear differential of a pickup she was driving.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m. on April 2, a CBP canine team was screening vehicles as they waited in line for inspection, when the detector dog alerted to the undercarriage of a 2000 Toyota Tundra. CBP officers escorted the driver, a 31-year-old Mexican citizen, and vehicle for further review.
During an intensive search, components of the pickup’s drivetrain were removed revealing 14 wrapped packages concealed inside the rear differential. The packages, weighing more than 10 pounds, field-tested positive as methamphetamine and have a street value of approximately $67,000.
The driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. She was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.
CBP seized the vehicle 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.