From the daily archives: Tuesday, September 27, 2011


CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port in two days seized over $67,000 worth of narcotics in two separate smuggling attempts.
On Wednesday, September 21, at about 10:00 p.m. a CBP officer encountered a 30-year-old female U.S. citizen as she entered the country on foot.  During the interview, the officer detected signs of nervousness being displayed by the traveler as she attempted to provide proper identification.
A closer inspection led officers to the discovery of two packages of methamphetamine concealed under the traveler’s clothing.  The weight of the narcotic was one pound with a street value of approximately $11,000.
CBP officers arrested the traveler, a resident of Indio, California, for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
A second seizure occurred at about 4:15 a.m. today when an officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a white 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck for further examination.
A canine team was utilized to screen the truck and the detector dog alerted to the gas tank area.  Officers subsequently discovered 61 wrapped packages of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle’s gas tank.  The weight of the narcotic was 125 pounds with a street value of approximately $56,540.
The driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
In both incidents, the violators were turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agents and transported to the Imperial County Jail where they currently await their arraignment.
CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.




The Nov. 8, 2011 Consolidated General Election is coming up very quickly and voters need to be aware of some of the deadlines approaching.  Sample Ballot Pamphlets will start to go out Sept 29 thru Oct. 18, 2011.  Military/Overseas Vote by Mail ballots have already been mailed to voters who are encouraged to vote and return ballots early so they can be processed and counted on Election Day.


Oct. 24, 2011              Last Day to Register to Vote

Citizens who are registered and want to participate in the democratic process need to register to vote.  Individuals must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the Imperial County, at least 18 years of age on Election Day, and not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony.  Voters must re-register if their name has changed, or there is a change in the residence or mailing address.   Call the Registrar of Voters office to obtain an application or information on registering to vote at 760-482-4226.  A link to voter information can also be found at


Nov. 1, 2011               Last Day to apply for Vote By Mail Ballot (Absentee ballot)

A ballot may be requested by: (1) using the back of the voters Sample Ballot Booklet, (2) sending a letter of fax stating: “I request a ballot for the Nov. 8, 2011 General election”, the voter must sign the letter or fax and include their registered address and a mailing address where they would like the ballot to be mailed.


Permanent Vote by Mail voters and Vote by Mail Precinct voters do not have to apply for a ballot; it is automatically mailed.


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