October 8, 2013
CALEXICO — A man was arrested Saturday night after authorities found about 13 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in his vehicle at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry.
The man reportedly said he was moving the narcotics to pay off a debt from another seizure, according to federal law enforcement.
Around 6:30 p.m. Roberto Alvizar-Gomez, 26, approached the Calexico downtown Port of Entry driving a 1995 Toyota Tercel. He told a CBP officer he was returning home to Calexico after visiting family in Mexicali and returning a car battery, according to the court complaint.
The officer reportedly noticed Alvizar-Gomez seemed nervous, and upon opening the car hood, the officer saw that the battery was too large for that type of vehicle. Alvizar-Gomez was referred to secondary inspection, and a detector dog then alerted to the car’s battery.
Officers found five plastic bags of methamphetamine within a false battery in the vehicle’s engine, and further inspection uncovered a functioning battery hidden in the vehicle’s dashboard along with three additional plastic bags of meth.
The packages had a net weight of about 13 pounds.
Alvizar-Gomez reportedly told Homeland Security Investigators that he knew there were illegal narcotics hidden in the vehicle, although he thought it was 5 kilograms of marijuana. He said he was “smuggling the narcotics to pay off a debt to the owners of the marijuana that was seized when he was arrested attempting to smuggle about 2 kilograms of marijuana in a bicycle tire in February 2013,” according to the court complaint.
He was arrested and booked into Imperial County jail on suspicion of importation of a controlled substance.