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U.S. CBP stop drug smuggler at border

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While conducting a primary inspection on a vehicle, yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry were alerted when the K-9 team screening the vehicle took notice of a trailer being towed by 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. Both the driver and vehicle were escorted to a secured area for a secondary in-depth Inspection.

During this secondary inspection officers discovered wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a battery stored in a toolbox located on the trailer that was in tow, they also discovered a specially built compartment in the vehicle's battery. A total of four packages were discovered, with the estimated value of $157,000.

The driver, a 38-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested for suspected narcotics smuggling and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing. CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

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