From the daily archives: Thursday, September 23, 2010

Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Calexico ports of entry made three significant hard narcotics seizures over the weekend worth over $1.1 million dollars.

The first seizure occurred on Friday, Sept. 17, at about 4 a.m. at the Calexico downtown port when a CBP officer conducting inspections of travelers entering the United States referred the driver of a 1997 Dodge Caravan and his passenger, both 23-year-old males, to the secondary area for further investigation.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection of the van that included a canine screening resulting in the discovery of 13 wrapped packages of methamphetamines concealed inside the roof, weighing 28 pounds with a street value of $294,000.

The driver and passenger, both United States citizens and residents of Borrego Springs, Calif., were arrested for the narcotic smuggling attempt. They were turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for further investigation.

The second seizure occurred on the same day at about 8 p.m. after a CBP officer referred two U. S. citizens, the driver, a 33-year-old female and her 36-year-old male passenger, occupants of a grey 1999 Infiniti for a more in-depth examination.

During an intensive examination and canine screening of the vehicle, officers discovered 34 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside the gas tank. The weight of the narcotics was 82 pounds with a street value of $656,000.

Both the driver and passenger, residents of Calexico, Calif., were arrested and turned over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing.

The third seizure occurred on Saturday, Sept. 18, at about 3:30 p.m. at the Calexico East port of entry, after CBP officers arrested a 39-year-old female when they discovered 28 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the vehicle she was driving.

A CBP officer conducting inspections referred the United States citizen and her blue 2000 Oldsmobile to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. A canine screening of the Oldsmobile led officers to the discovery of 11 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside specially built compartments in both front quarter panels of the vehicle. The narcotic has a street value of $224,000.

The driver, a resident of Coachella, Calif., was turned over to ICE agents for further investigation.

All five United States citizens were transported to the Imperial County Jail where they currently await arraignment.

CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.


NILAND, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector apprehended a convicted sex offender Monday while conducting train check operations at the Highway 111 checkpoint.

The man has a prior conviction for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and has been previously removed from the United States.

The man, who was later identified as Manuel Enriquez, was one out of five people who were attempting to hide within a train car.  Agents determined that all five subjects were illegally present in the U.S.  All five illegal aliens were subsequently arrested and transported to the Indio station for processing.

Enriquez will be held at the Imperial County Jail pending prosecution proceedings.



San Diego, September 23, 2010 The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to honor ten local heroes at its 8th Annual Real Heroes Awards Breakfast, a community celebration that honors citizens in our communities who have made a difference through their acts of heroism.

“There are everyday heroes among us who inspire us by their actions and dedication to serving others,” said Joe Craver, CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross. “The Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast presents a forum for our community to come together to celebrate this humanitarian spirit by honoring these courageous, selfless individuals.”

The breakfast will be held on Thursday, September 30th, at 7:30am aboard the USS Midway Museum.  This year the American Red Cross is honored to welcome our keynote speaker, Major Christopher Fields of the Oklahoma City Fire Department.  Major Fields was one of the iconic first responders to the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building and will recount his experience of how communities can come together in times of crisis.

The Red Cross’ 2010 Real Heroes are:

  • Adult Honoree: Randy Mitchell – Saved an elderly neighbor from her burning home
  • Animal Rescue Honoree: Service Dog Charlie, Freedom Dogs – Heals veterans with PTSD and other injuries
  • Fire and Rescue Honorees: Sergeant Troy Keach and Lifeguards James Lockwood, Gunnar Granquist and Charles Davey, San Diego Fire and Rescue – searched tirelessly and pulled a young man from icy November Mission Beach waters
  • Law Enforcement Honoree: Officer Salvador Gutierrez – pulled a young man from a burning car on Interstate 5
  • Media Honoree: Fox 5 News – Extensively reported on relief efforts and the importance of preparedness after the April 4th earthquake in Imperial Valley
  • Medical Honoree: UC San Diego Health System and International Relief Teams – Embarked on a rescue mission to Haiti
  • Military Honorees: MA3 Cameron King and MA3 Gregory Waymaster, CNRSW San Diego Harbor Police Unit – Saved a drowning man in San Diego Harbor
  • Company Honoree: AT&T (San Diego) – Trains hundreds of employees in lifesaving skills and preparedness
  • Youth Honoree: Nichole Miller – raises money for women fleeing from domestic violence
  • Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award: Jane Lane’s Kids provides housing for families seeking treatment for their ailing children

The Real Heroes Breakfast is expected to have more than 800 people in attendance.  All proceeds from this event will support local American Red Cross services and programs.  Each year, the local Chapter responds to over 250 local disasters, trains more than 90,000 people in lifesaving techniques, provides emergency services to 20,000 military personnel and their families and offers nutrition counseling to 37,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women and infants and children under the age of five. It serves more the 3,150,000 people in San Diego and Imperial Counties and covers 8,852 square miles.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties “America’s Most Prepared Community.” As a charitable organization and not a government agency, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The local chapter also provides nutritional counseling through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information, please call (858) 309-1200 or visit

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