CBP officers seize $759K in illegal drugs at Andrade port
August 30th 2012 · 1 Comment
U.S. Customs officers working at the Andrade Port of Entry arrested a male Mexican citizen over the weekend after discovering over a half million dollars’ worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine allegedly hidden in the vehicle he was driving.
According to a news release issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the incident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, when CBP officers screening vehicles selected a silver 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport for inspection.
During the inspection, anomalies were detected on the rear floor and both driver and vehicle were referred for an intensive examination.
The news release indicated that CBP officers and a canine team searched the vehicle and reportedly discovered 23 wrapped packages of the narcotics inside a custom-built compartment in the rear floor area. The combined weight of the drugs was 58 pounds, with a street value of approximately $759,000.
The driver, a 59-year-old permanent resident of San Miguel, Calif., was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for investigation.
He was later transported to the Imperial County jail. CBP placed an immigration hold on the driver so he could be processed for removal from the United States at the conclusion of his criminal proceeding.
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