Mexican Trucker Arrested After Huge Load of Drugs Found Hidden in Trailer Walls
Calexico, CA — A trucker is facing drug smuggling charges after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered close to half a ton of methamphetamine concealed inside the walls of a semi-trailer last week.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted close to half a ton of methamphetamine concealed inside the walls of a trailer at the Calexico East Commercial Facility.
The incident occurred Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at approximately 7 p.m., when officers at the Calexico East Commercial Facility encountered the driver of a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer.
A CBP officer conducting an inspection at the booth referred the tractor-trailer to the dock for further examination.
CBP officers utilized the port’s imaging system to screen the big rig and observed anomalies within the front wall of the trailer.
A CBP canine team screened the conveyance and received a positive alert from the detector dog.
Officers then discovered wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the front wall of the trailer, CBP said.
A total of 30 packages of methamphetamine, weighing 866.50 lbs., were removed by CBP officers.
The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $1,559,700.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, tractor, and trailer.
The truck driver, identified only as a 27-year-old Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.
CBP officers turned the driver over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further processing.
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