Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a United States citizen after they discovered 91 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle she was driving.
The incident occurred early this morning at about 1:00 a.m. when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers entering the U.S. referred the driver, a 25-year-old female, for further examination after the officer noticed her suspicious behavior.
At the secondary inspection area, an intensive examination that included a canine screening of the grey Hyundai Accent led officers to the discovery of 34 wrapped packages of methamphetamine, concealed inside the quarter panels and seats. The methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $1,001,000.
The driver, a resident of Calexico, Calif,, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing.
CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.
The interception comes on the heels of a 51 pound cocaine seizure that occurred on Wednesday also at the downtown port. For more information on the 51 pound cocaine seizure, please visit the CBP Newsroom Web site. ( http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/local/05052011_7.xml )