By SDCN Editor
Calexico, CA–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized close to half a ton of methamphetamine concealed inside the walls of a trailer at the Calexico East Commercial Facility.
The incident occurred Tuesday at around 7 p.m., when officers encountered the driver of a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer that entered the cargo facility. A Customs and Border Protection officer conducting the inspection at the booth referred the tractor-trailer to the dock for further examination.
Officers utilized the port’s imaging system to screen the tractor-trailer and observed anomalies within the front wall of the trailer. A canine team screened the conveyance and received a positive alert from the detector dog. Officers discovered wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the front wall of the trailer.
A total of 30 packages of meth, weighing 866.50 pounds, were removed by officers. The narcotic has an estimated street value of $1,559,700 dollars.
The driver, a 27-year-old Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt. Officers turned the driver over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations for further processing.
Officers seized the narcotics, tractor, and trailer.