Marijuana and Methamphetamine Seized from Tires in CAPosted on May 4, 2014
On Sunday, May 4, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 1994 Ford Explorer for further inspection at the Andrade port of entry in California.
With the use of a density meter, officers noted abnormalities within the vehicle’s spare tire. A pursuant canine sniff also alerted to the presence of narcotics in the area of the tire. When the tire was opened, officers discovered 10 packages of marijuana to be concealed inside. The street value of this find is estimated at over $22,000.
The driver, a 42-year-old Mexican female, was arrested by the Imperial County Sherriff’s Office.
The following day, Monday, May 5, 2014, officers at this same port of entry also referred a 2011 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup for further inspection.
A search of this vehicle uncovered another 10 packages of narcotics to be concealed inside the vehicle’s spare tire. In this incident, the packages contained methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $162,000.
The driver, a 39-year-old Mexican female, was taken into custody and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations.
The vehicles and narcotics from both incidents were seized by U.S. Custom and Border Protection officers.