Aug 19, 2013
CALEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found more than nine pounds of methamphetamine inside a car battery late Thursday, and an El Centro woman driving the car was arrested.
Around 9:30 p.m., a woman driving a blue 1995 Nissan Maxima tried to enter the U.S. at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry, according to a press statement. Officers referred the driver and her vehicle for a more in-depth examination.
Five packages of methamphetamine were found in the car battery of a vehicle coming through the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Thursday night
A canine then alerted to the engine compartment, and officers found five wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the car battery.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of about $138,000.
The driver, Cynthia Flores-Carpena, 37, of El Centro was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. She was transported to Imperial County Jail for arraignment, and CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.