By SDCN Editor
Calexico, CA–A 19-year-old driver who applied for admission into the United States from Mexico was arrested on suspicion of smuggling narcotics into the state, federal authorities said.
On May 11, at approximately 3:24 p.m., the driver attempted to cross the U.S. in a 2015 black Nissan Versa. The Customs and Border Protection officer completing his inspection for entry to the U.S. noticed tampering on the carpeting of the floor of the vehicle, as well as bolts on the seat frame.
The officer referred the car and driver aside for a more intensive inspection. An officer with a human/narcotic detector dog screened the vehicle, and the dog was alerted. After the canine alerted, an officer drove the vehicle through a machine, similar to an x-ray, that revealed anomalies in the vehicle’s floors, seats, and rear quarter panels.
They searched the vehicle and found 35 packages of methamphetamine concealed in the floor, firewall, and rear quarter panel, weighing a total of 262.09 pounds.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $576,598.
“Our CBP officers are trained to skillfully detect anything out of the ordinary,” said Anne Maricich, Customs and Border Protection Deputy Director of Field Operations in San Diego. “This seizure is another great example of how our officers are experts at utilizing their expert knowledge to keep drugs off our streets.”
The narcotics and vehicle were seized by the Calexico officers.
The driver, a valid B1/B2 border crossing card holder, was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.