November 20, 2013
Around 5:30 p.m., Elva Charline Ruiz, 25, of Redlands approached the Calexico East Port of Entry driving a 2001 Lexus, according to the court complaint.
Customs and Border Protection officer noticed anomalies in the spare tire of the vehicle after it was scanned and a detector dog alerted to the rear cargo area.
Elva Charline Ruiz
Officers found 18 packages of methamphetamine in the spare tire and quarter panels of the vehicle. The narcotics had a total weight of 26 pounds and estimated street value of about $500,000.
Packages of methamphetamine were found inside a vehicle’s tires adn quarter panels Friday at the Calexico East Port of Entry
Ruis was turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing and booked into Imperial County jail on suspicion of importation of a controlled substance. CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.