Downtown Calexico CBP Officers prevent more than Half-Million in Drugs and Ammunition from passing through Port of Entry

More than 95 pounds of narcotics with an estimated value of $579,000 and 20 rounds of ammunition is stacked on the tailgate of a 2002 grey Chevrolet Avalanche. U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducting vehicle operations at the downtown Calexico port of entry prevented the narcotics and ammunition from illegally entering the country on June 26. (Photo courtesy of U. S. Customs and Border Protection)

CALEXICO, Calif. – U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the downtown Calexico port of entry prevented more than 63 pounds of narcotics with an estimated value of $579,000 and 20 rounds of ammunition from illegally entering the country on June 26.   At approximately 10:12 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, a male 30-year-old Mexican citizen driving a 2002 grey Chevrolet Avalanche sought admission into the United States. The driver presented valid documentation and gave a negative declaration to the CBP officer.   The CBP officer referred the vehicle for a more intensive inspection after noticing anomalies with the vehicle. The vehicle was screened by a narcotic detector dog which alerted to the left wheel well area of the vehicle.   After further inspection, officers discovered artificial compartments built in the rear side fenders of the vehicle. Officers removed a total of 13 packages containing cocaine weighing 33 pounds with an estimated value of $264,000 and 20 packages of methamphetamine weighing 30 pounds with an estimated value of $315,000 from the hidden compartments. In addition, 20 rounds of ammunition were seized.   According to Port Director Billy Whitford, he was pleased with the effectiveness of the CBP officers involved and said their actions contributed to keeping communities safe.   “Our CBP officers superbly perform their duties on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “They truly are one facet of America’s first line of defense which keeps dangerous criminals and contraband from entering our communities.”   The narcotics, ammunition and vehicle were seized by CBP and the driver was arrested and turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for further investigation.