CALEXICO - U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers seized drugs estimated to be worth more than $1.5 million in four separate seizures at the Andrade and Calexico Ports of Entry over the weekend, according to a press release.
Around 7:40 a.m. Friday at the Andrade Port of Entry, a detector dog alerted to a white 2008 Dodge Avenger driven by a 29-year-old Mexican citizen residing in Yuma. Officers used a fiber optic scope on the gas tank during further inspection, and found five wrapped packages of cocaine hidden inside.
The second seizure occurred around 3:40 p.m. Friday at the Calexico East Port of Entry when a 37-year-old man entered the U.S. driving a tractor trailer hauling 500 large sacks of charcoal.
CBP officers using a canine team and X-ray equipment found 70 large wrapped packages of marijuana hidden inside the charcoal sacks. The marijuana had a total weight of 991 pounds with an estimated street value of $594,000.
The driver, a Mexican national and Mexicali resident, was arrested for the alleged drug-smuggling attempt.
In the third seizure, a canine team alerted to a black 2009 Ford Focus around 10:40 a.m. Saturday at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry.
CBP officers then found 15 wrapped packages of cocaine hidden inside the upper and lower rear seat cushions of the car. The drugs had a combined weight of 38 pounds and are estimated to be worth about $456,000.
The driver, a 29-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of San Juan Bautista, was arrested for the alleged drug-smuggling attempt.
In the final seizure, a canine team alerted to a gold 2005 Ford Taurus around 4:40 p.m. Saturday at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry.
Fifteen wrapped packages of cocaine were found in the trunk upon further inspection. The cocaine weighed 32 pounds and is estimated to be worth about $384,000.
The driver, a 22-year-old female U.S. citizen and Whittier resident, was arrested for the alleged drug-smuggling attempt.
CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics in all four incidents, and all the drivers were turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents before being transported to Imperial County jail.
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No injuries or additional damage were reported during the blaze, which took firefighters about an hour and a half to extinguish, Cruz said.
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