CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a male Mexican citizen yesterday after they discovered 157 pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle he was driving.
The incident occurred on Monday, August 13, at about 8:00 p.m. when officers with the port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team were conducting inspections and a canine alerted to a green 1996 Ford Ranger. During the inspection, officers lifted the hood of the pick-up truck and discovered seven wrapped packages of marijuana on top of the engine compartment.
An intensive search was conducted in secondary where officers discovered additional packages concealed in the vehicle’s passenger door panel, dashboard and undercarriage. A total of 20 wrapped packages were retrieved with a combined street value of approximately $94,200.
The driver, a 60-year-old Mexicali resident, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who in turn transported him to the Imperial County Jail where he awaits arraignment.
CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.