From the daily archives: Tuesday, October 18, 2011


CALEXICO, CA. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry discovered 36 pounds of cocaine hidden inside a brown 2001 Maroon Saturn.

The seizure occurred on Sunday, October 16, at about 10:15 p.m. when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the driver, a 19-year-old female Mexican citizen, for further examination.

An intensive inspection that included a canine screening led officers to the discovery of two wrapped packages of the narcotic concealed inside the dashboard behind the glove box. An additional 12 packages were discovered in the rear bumper of the vehicle.  All packages combined have a street value of approximately $324,000.

The driver, a resident of Brawley, California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who in turn transported the violator to the Imperial County Jail where she currently awaits arraignment.

CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizen to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of her criminal proceeding.

CBP seized the narcotic and vehicle.




Friends remember Amber

It was a beautiful Saturday morning at Jeffrey Thornton Park in Brawley when crowds gathered to participate in the 1st Annual Amber Bryant Memorial 5K that was hosted by the Women of Virtue Empowerment Network (WOVEN).  Participants donned memorial t-shirts and purple ribbons in honor of their friend who lost her life almost a year ago to the date by an act of domestic violence.  The event was organized in remembrance of Amber and in the hopes of raising awareness of domestic violence in the Imperial Valley.  WOVEN members, community members, friends and family of Amber’s, and many others participated to raise funds to prevent these acts of violence.

Pastor Norm Chandler of Turning Point Life Center opened the event in prayer, and teams were introduced by event organizer Kali Orff.  The 1 mile participants did four laps around Thornton Park, while the 5K participants headed off towards Cattle Call Park for a 3.2 mile loop.

Trophies were presented at the end of the race to the male and female winner of the 5K run and the 1 mile walk.  Friends of Amber then gathered to send a stream of purple and white balloons into the air in remembrance of their dear friend.

Proceeds from this event will go towards the prevention and education of domestic violence for women and to the trust fund of Amber’s son, Preston.

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