$230,000 Worth of Drugs Seized In Imperial Valley, CAPosted on April 12, 2014
Two separate searches by U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers led to the seizures of both cocaine and methamphetamine at the Imperial Valley ports of entry.
On Saturday, March 30, 2014, a U.S. citizen applied for admission at the pedestrian area of the Calexico downtown port of entry. The 21-year-old male was carrying wooden inside his suitcase. Upon further examination with an imaging system, officers noted abnormalities inside the cot.
A search uncovered 11 packages concealed inside the cot’s wooden frame. The packages contained more than 3 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of nearly $41,000, and 11 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $74,000.
The drugs were seized and the male was arrested.
Later that same day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta for further inspection. A canine sniff alerted to the presence of narcotics and the vehicle was searched. The rear doors of the Volkswagen were found to contain 14 concealed packages of methamphetamine, weighing in at 18 pounds. The estimated street value of this find is $115,000.
The driver, a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen, was arrested. Steps have been taken to initiate his removal from the U.S. following his criminal prosecution. The drugs and vehicle were both seized.