Make-Shift Backpacks Full of Narcotics Seized in Downtown Calexico

Calexico, Calif. – On Wednesday morning, at approximately 2 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station were patrolling downtown Calexico when they uncovered approximately $37,000 in marijuana.

Image of drugs seized packaged as makeshift backpacks
Drugs seized in packages as makeshift backpacks.

Agents witnessed three smugglers throwing two large backpacks over the top of the boundary fence and then they were observed climbing over the International Boundary Fence into the United States near the intersection of Heber Ave. and First Street. As agent immediately responded to the area they observed the smugglers running away from an unoccupied parked blue sedan. The three smugglers absconded back into Mexico and were subsequently detained by officers of the Mexicali Municipal Police.

Images of drugs concealed within the sedan trunk
Drugs concealed within the trunk of a sedan.

As they approached the vehicle, agents noticed two briefcase size packages near the trunk of the vehicle. A canine team was called to perform a cursory inspection of the sedan. The canine team alerted to the packages and the trunk area of the sedan where two additional packages where found. All the packages tested positive for marijuana.

The El Centro Sector is coordinating with the Mexicali Municipal Police Department in an attempt to identify the smugglers and determine their affiliation to criminal organizations. This will assist in future prosecution efforts.

The sedan and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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