July 2, 2013
This guitar was used to try and smuggle methamphetamine through the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Sunday
Around 1:30 a.m., a CBP officer referred Jose Alberto Valencia, 24, a U.S. citizen of Calexico who was carrying an acoustic guitar through the pedestrian lane for further examination.
Officers then found three wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the guitar. The combined weight of the drugs was three pounds with a street value of $36,000.
These packages of methamphetamine were found hidden in a guitar at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Sunday
These packages of methamphetamine were found hidden in a vehicle at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Sunday
Around 8:10 p.m., a CBP officer inspecting vehicles targeted a green 2003 Volkswagen Passat for inspection. Officers noticed that the driver, Emma Aculair, was nervous and referred the vehicle for further examination.
A canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the vehicle. Officers then found 10 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the car’s front and back frame rails. The drugs had a combined weight of seven pounds with an estimated street value of $84,000.
Aculair, a 33-year-old female U.S. citizen and resident of Indio, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.
Both people arrested were transported to Imperial County jail, where they await arraignment while the drugs and vehicle were seized by CBP.