November 2, 2013
CALEXICO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized about $96,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a vehicle dashboard at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Thursday.
Around noon, Jovana Quintana-Uribe, 25, of Mexicali approached the Calexico downtown Port of Entry driving a 2002 Ford Focus, and a detector dog alerted to her vehicle.
After being advised of her rights, Quintana told authorities she believed she was transporting money into the U.S. and was to be paid $1,000, according to the court complaint.
She said a man she met at a dance club offered her the money for the service, and she was instructed to leave her vehicle in a Mexicali shopping plaza for three hours one day before being told her vehicle was ready.
According to the court complaint, she was then supposed to leave the vehicle at the Imperial Valley Mall where someone would be waiting for her.
Quintana was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents and booked into Imperial County jail on suspicion of importation of a controlled substance. CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.