CBP Officers Seize $315,000 worth of Methamphetamine at Calexico Downtown Port

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Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a U.S. citizen after discovering approximately $315,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle she was driving.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection, which included the use of x-ray equipment that led to the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection, which included the use of x-ray equipment that led to the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle.

The incident occurred yesterday, July 24, at about 11:45 a.m. when a canine team was screening vehicles and the detector dog alerted to a grey 2005 Kia Rio as the driver waited in line for inspection. Both driver and vehicle were escorted to vehicle secondary for further examination.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection, which included the use of x-ray equipment that led to the discovery of 15 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle. The weight of the narcotic was 21 pounds.

The driver, a 21-year-old female resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing. The driver was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where she currently awaits arraignment.

 

CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.

 

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Rescue Five Distressed Illegal Immigrants

Calexico, Calif. – On July 23, Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector encountered five suspected illegal aliens in the Yuha Desert approximately 17 miles west of Calexico, Calif. suffering from heat related symptoms.

At the time of their arrest, at approximately 4 p.m., one of the individuals was on the phone with 911 dispatchers requesting an ambulance. Border Patrol agents on the scene observed a 34-year-old female member of the group suffering from heat exhaustion and provided assistance. Soon after Imperial County Fire Department and the Gold Cross ambulance service responded to the area. REACH emergency medical flight service was contacted by the fire department and air lifted the woman to a hospital in San Diego, Calif. She is currently listed in critical condition.

The four other individuals of ages 34, 30, 15, and 12, were transported to a local area hospital. Three of the individuals were treated and released into the custody of the Border Patrol and one remains hospitalized.