Authorities at the Calexico Intercepted 2 smuggling attempts Calexico, CaliforniaPosted on May 9, 2009
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico ports of
entry intercepted two cocaine smuggling attempts in a two day
On May 9, 2009 at the Calexico downtown port when a 33-year-old
male U.S. citizen driving a 2001 Ford Expedition was escorted to the
secondary examination area after a detector dog alerted to the
vehicle during a pre-primary enforcement operation.
An intensive inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of
five packages of cocaine hidden inside a specially built compartment
underneath the vehicle’s engine area. The total weight of the
cocaine was 5.9 Kilograms..
CBP officers arrested the driver, a Coachella, California resident, for
the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
Another interception took place on May 8, 2008 at the Calexico East
port of entry when a 29-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2004
Ford F-150 pick-up truck was escorted to the secondary
examination area after a narcotic detector dog alerted to the vehicle
during a pre-primary enforcement operation.
During the secondary investigation officers discovered nine
packages of cocaine concealed in two non-factory compartments
within the front wheel wells of the vehicle. The total weight of the
cocaine was 10 kilograms.