CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico, Calif. downtown port of entry arrested two Mexican citizens after discovering approximately $450,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed within their vehicle.
The incident occurred July 31, at about 11:30 a.m. when a canine team was screening vehicles that waited in line for inspection. The team's detector dog alerted to a red 2007 Dodge Caliber and CBP officers escorted the vehicle and its occupants to the secondary lot for further examination.
While conducting an intensive inspection, officers discovered 20 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear seats and quarter panels of the vehicle. The narcotics weighed 30 pounds.
The driver, a 53-year-old female, and her 19-year-old daughter, both residents of Mexicali, Baja California, were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents for further processing. Both subjects were later transported to the Imperial County Jail where they currently await arraignment.
CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizens to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of their criminal proceedings.
CBP seized both 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.