CALEXICOÂ â€” U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico East port of entry Wednesday discovered approximately $85,000 worth of heroin shortly after 3 p.m. on May 24, concealed inside a vehicle battery, according to their press release.
A canine team screening vehicles alerted to the engine compartment of a gray 2012 Toyota Scion driven by a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen.
CBP officers conducted an intensive examination of the Scion that led to the discovery of four wrapped packages of black tar heroin concealed within the vehicleâ€™s battery. The weight of the narcotics was about seven pounds.
The driver, a resident of Calexico, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned over to theÂ custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.
â€œCBP canine teams are an important component of our layered enforcement strategy,â€ said Acting Port Director Sergio Beltran. â€œThis interception is a testament of how effective our canine program is in stopping the flow of narcotics from coming into the U.S.â€
The driver was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.