November 24, 2013
CALEXICO — A Mexicali resident was detained after U.S. Customs and Border discovered roughly $1.3 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in his vehicle at the east port of entry on Thursday.
According to the case court complaint, the incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on Nov. 21 when the driver of a 2002 Ford pickup, Ernesto Gonzalez Solano, was referred to secondary for closer inspection.
Pictured is the 2002 Ford pickup with 72.22 pounds of crystal methamphetamine that was valued at $1.3 million displayed on the hood
Following x-ray scans and canine alerts to the tires, officers removed the wheels and discovered metal containers bolted together in each wheel, states the court complaint.
The metal boxes contained three packages each, holding a total of 72.22 pounds of a crystal-like substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine.
According to the court complaint, Gonzalez stated he knew of the drugs in his vehicle and had crossed narcotics previously.
A CBP press release states Gonzalez was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and was transported to Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.