Come on Customs officials and border protection EE. UU. The officer assigned to the Calexico West Port of Entry discovered 223 packages of methamphetamine and heroin hidden in a van.
On September 10, at approximately 11:44 p.m., CBP agents encountered a 35-year-old U.S. citizen driving a 2020 model pickup truck. At the time of the encounter, the driver was applying to enter the United States from Mexico. A CBP officer conducting the primary inspection referred the driver to the secondary inspection area for further investigation.
CBP officers discovered abnormalities and irregularities during a non-invasive examination (x-ray) of the vehicle. A CBP canine team responded to the scene and alerted to the presence of narcotics.
Methamphetamine hidden in a tire
The narcotics tested locally as methamphetamine with a total weight of 126.06 pounds heroin weighing 7.84 pounds. The estimated street value is $410,553.
CBP officers discovered and removed 223 packages from the pickup’s rear passenger door, spare tire and gas tank area. The narcotics tested locally as methamphetamine with a total weight of 126.06 pounds heroin weighing 7.84 pounds. The estimated value of the narcotics is $410,553.
They found the drugs in the spare tire and gas tank.
Meth in the door panel
“Our CBP officers continue to combat and weaken transnational criminal organizations through their successful law enforcement efforts,” said Roque Caza, CBP port area director for Calexico. “I congratulate our officers on their outstanding work and commendable contribution to keeping these harmful drugs out of our communities.”
The driver was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further processing. CBP agents seized the vehicle and the narcotics.