Cocaine and Marijuana Smuggling Attempts Stopped at Calexico Downtown Port of Entry

CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry over the weekend stopped two significant narcotic smuggling attempts worth $391,000.   The first seizure occurred on Friday, June 11, at about 2:00 p.m. when CBP officers arrested a 25-year-old female U.S. citizen after they discovered 15 packages of cocaine concealed in a specially built floor compartment of the black 2003 Saturn Ion she was driving.   During the primary interview, the officer noticed discrepancies with the driver’s story and referred her and the vehicle to the secondary lot for a more in-depth investigation.   An intensive examination that included a canine screening led officers to the wrapped packages of cocaine weighing 34 pounds and with a street value of $272,000.    The driver, a resident of Rosarito, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for further processing.   The second seizure occurred on Saturday, June 12, at about 3:00 p.m. when officers with the port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET), conducting enforcement operations, escorted a 37-year-old female Mexican citizen to vehicle secondary after a detector dog alerted to her vehicle as she waited in line for inspection.     An intensive examination of the green 1995 Honda Odyssey revealed 44 wrapped packages of marijuana concealed inside all four tires of the van.  The weight of the marijuana is 119 pounds with a street value of $119,000.   The driver, a resident of Mexicali, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing.    In both incidents, CBP seized the narcotics and vehicles.