Valley Police Beat: CBP seizes drugs at East Port of Entry
August 23rd 2012 · 3 Comments
CALEXICO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered more than a half-million dollars worth of black tar heroin, white heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine hidden in a La Quinta resident’s car Monday at the Calexico East Port of Entry, according to a press release.
Around 3 a.m., a detector dog alerted to a green 2001 Chevy Silverado while a CBP officer was screening vehicles. CBP officers found a dozen wrapped packages of drugs inside a custom-built compartment near the center console during a search.
The drugs weighed a total of 63 pounds with a street value of approximately $783,000.
The driver, a 49-year-old male U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further investigation.
The man was later brought to the Imperial County jail to await arraignment and CBP seized both the car and narcotics.
A version of this column originally appeared in www.ivpressonline.com.
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