CALEXICO â€” U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico ports of entry over the weekend seized approximately 74 pounds of hard narcotics valued at more than $1.2 million and apprehended three wanted suspects.
The first incident occurred at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 when a CBP officer at the Calexico downtown port of entry referred the driver of a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta for a more in-depth examination.
During an intensive inspection that included an alert from a detector dog, officers discovered 10 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside the rear bumper of the vehicle.
The total weight of the cocaine was approximately 28 pounds with a street value of about $341,200.
CBP officers turned the driver, a 42-year-old female Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing.
The second incident occurred shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013 when a CBP canine team was screening pedestrians as they waited in line for inspection at the Calexico downtown port of entry. The detector dog alerted to a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen and officers escorted him for further examination.
During the inspection, officers discovered two wrapped packages of methamphetamine taped to the manâ€™s ankles, weighing almost two and a half pounds, valued at approximately $47,400.
The man, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents for further processing.
The third incident occurred on November 17, 2013 at about 10:00 a.m., when a canine team screening vehicles at the downtown port alerted to a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck as the driver waited in line for inspection. Both vehicle and driver were referred for further examination.
CBP officers searched the vehicle and discovered about 18 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the undercarriage, valued at approximately $338,400.
The driver, a 57-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Meza, Ariz., was turned over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing.
The fourth seizure occurred Sunday, November 17, 2013 at about 5:30 p.m. at the Calexico East port of entry when a CBP officer referred a 25-year-old female U.S. citizen driving a 2001 Lexus RX300 for further inspection.
During an intensive inspection that included an alert from a CBP detector dog and use of the portâ€™s imaging system, officers discovered 18 wrapped packages of Methamphetamine concealed inside the spare tire and quarter panels of the vehicle.
The total weight of the methamphetamine was 26 pounds with a street value of approximately $500,000.
The driver, a resident of Redlands, Calif., was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned over to HSI agents for further processing.
In all four incidents, the subjects were transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.
CBP seized the narcotics and vehicles.
CBP officers also captured three individuals wanted on outstanding felony warrants for conspiracy, dangerous drugs, and probation violations.