Calexico, Calif.,Â â€” U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry Tuesday discovered approximately $500,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine concealed inside the dashboard of a vehicle.
Shortly before 11:30 p.m. on February 12, CBP officers encountered a 1988 Jeep Wrangler, driven by a 22-year-old male U.S. citizen, and referred the driver and the vehicle for in-depth examination.
During the inspection, a CBP detector dog alerted to the vehicleâ€™s dashboard. An intensive search revealed 18 wrapped packages containing three pounds of cocaine, 11 pounds of heroin, and more than 19 pounds of methamphetamine located in a space behind the Jeepâ€™s glove compartment.
The cocaine has an estimated street value of almost $31,000, the heroin is valued at approximately $100,000, and the methamphetamine is worth about $367,000.
The driver, a resident of Santa Maria, Calif., was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.
CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.