San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Sunday stopped a man with about four and a half pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a motorcycle helmet, and stopped a woman with almost one and a half pounds of methamphetamine hidden in her bra.
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At about 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen arrived at the Otay Mesa port of entry driving a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle.
The CBP officer referred the man for a more intensive inspection, during which a CBP officer picked up the man's motorcycle helmet, and noticed that it seemed much heavier than expected.
CBP officers x-rayed the helmet and saw an anomaly. They found a plastic bag hidden inside the lining for the helmet, containing about four and a half pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of about $92,000.
At about 5 p.m. on Sunday, a 22-year-old female Mexican citizen arrived on foot to the San Ysidro border crossing and presented her valid DSP-150, or border crossing card, to the CBP officer.
The CBP officer noticed discrepancies under the woman's clothing near her chest, and referred her for a more intensive inspection.
CBP officers found six plastic packages hidden in the woman's bra, containing almost a pound and a half of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of about $29,000.
In both of the unrelated incidents, CBP seized the narcotics and turned the suspected smugglers over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents; both were booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center. CBP also seized the motorcycle and helmet.
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.