Calexico Port Officers Seize More than a Half Million Dollars worth of Hard Narcotics in One Day

CALEXICO, Calif. —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico ports of entry seized more than a half million dollars worth of hard narcotics yesterday in three separate and unrelated incidents.
The first seizure occurred on Tuesday morning at about 9:50 a.m. when CBP officers arrested a 48-year-old male Mexican citizen after discovering 46 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle he was driving when he entered the U.S. at the Calexico East port of entry.
A CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the blue 2001 Ford Escape to the secondary inspection area for further examination.
During the intensive inspection, utilization of a canine team and an x-ray imaging system led officers to the discovery of 40 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed within all four doors of the vehicle.  The estimated street value of the narcotic is approximately $506,000.
CBP officers turned custody of the driver, a resident of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for further investigation.
The second seizure occurred four and a half hours later at the Calexico downtown port of entry when a canine alerted to an 18-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a silver 2012 Chevrolet Aveo as he waited in line for inspection.  CBP officers then escorted the driver to the secondary inspection area for further examination.
A closer inspection of the driver led officers to the discovery of six wrapped packages of methamphetamine strapped to the driver’s body.  The weight of the narcotic was 10 pounds with a street value of approximately $110,000.
CBP officers arrested the driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, and turned him over to the custody of ICE agents for further investigation.
The third seizure also occurred on Tuesday at the downtown port at about 6:30 p.m. when an officer conducting inspections of travelers at the pedestrian inspection area referred a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen for further examination.
A closer inspection of the traveler resulted in the discovery of two wrapped packages of cocaine strapped to the traveler’s body.  The weight of the narcotic was three pounds with a street value of approximately $27,000.
CBP officers arrested the traveler, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, and turned him over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing.
In all three incidents, the violators were transported to the Imperial County Jail where they await arraignment.
CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

 

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Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that as of the end of October, more seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have seen significantly lower costs for important health care – through both discounts on brand-name drugs in the Medicare Part D “donut hole” coverage gap and free preventive care.

Special Weather Statement for Imperial County, CA COLD LOW TEMPERATURES AGAIN WEDNESDAY MORNING.

A COLD AIRMASS WILL CONTINUE TO COVER THE REGION THROUGH WEDNESDAY. MINIMUM TEMPERATURES OVER THE PHOENIX AREA AND LOWER DESERTS OF SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND COLORADO RIVER WILL FALL INTO THE LOW TO MID 30S WEDNESDAY MORNING. SOME SPOTS WITHIN THOSE AREAS COULD DIP BELOW FREEZING.

REMOTE DESERTS BETWEEN PHOENIX AND THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER WILL LIKELY BE COLDER… AND FREEZE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR MINIMUM TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM 25-29 DEGREES.

CDPH Reminds Californians to Stay Safe, Healthy During Severe Cold Weather

With weather forecasts calling for nighttime temperatures to drop near freezing in parts of California, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, today urged Californians to protect themselves and their families from the hazards of extreme cold.

 

“Cold temperatures threaten individuals, their pets and their homes,” Chapman said. “Exposure to severe cold temperatures can cause hypothermia and other serious health problems. Those at greatest risk are people who work outside, seniors, infants and people with chronic conditions.”

IVC offers free business workshops for Tax Preparation and Ebay business start-up

Do you want to learn how to prepare your own taxes or how to launch an E-Bay business? Imperial Valley College, through a grant from the Housing and Urban Development department, is offering two great business workshops. The Taxes for the Small Business will be offered on Tuesday, December 6, from 6pm – 8pm at the IVC campus. The Start your E-Bay Business workshop will be offered at the Niland Chamber of Commerce, 8031 Highway 111, December 8, from 6pm – 8pm. These workshops are free to the general public. The training is part of a series of services provided through the grant to the Imperial Valley, such as Customer Service training, Business Resource Centers, Mystery Shopper services, Business Plan writing training, among other business development assistance. For more information on the IVC/HUD Grant training, please contact Melisa M. Vasquez, Special Projects Coordinator, 760-355-6156, mailto:melisa.vasquez@imperial.edu .