Calexico East Port of Entry

Calexico East Port of Entry.

CALEXICO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Calexico East port of entry discovered approximately $225,750 worth of hard narcotics hidden inside the quarter panels and rocker panels of a pickup truck, according to a recent press release from U.S. Customs.  

The incident occurred Tuesday, November 27 at about 4:15 a.m. when a CBP officer conducting primary inspections encountered a 47-year-old male Mexican citizen and legal permanent resident of the U.S. driving a Honda Ridgeline. The officer referred both the driver and vehicle for a more in-depth examination, the report said. 

During the intensive inspection, officers utilized the port’s imaging system and a CBP canine team to search the vehicle and discovered 33 wrapped packages of methamphetamine inside the quarter panels and rocker panels, per the report.

The release said the weight of the narcotic was 65 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $225,750. 

The driver, a resident of El Centro, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt. CBP officers turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing. The man was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where he currently awaits arraignment, according to the release. 

CBP seized the narcotic and vehicle, the report said.

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