December 12, 2013
CALEXICO– U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 9.46 pounds of methamphetamine, and a man was arrested at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Tuesday.
Around 7:30 p.m., Manuel Plascencia-Camarillo, 53, of Delhi approached the port driving a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup, according to the court complaint. Plascencia-Camarillo is a Mexican citizen and legal permanent resident of the U.S.
A CBP canine team alerted to the vehicle’s engine as the driver was waiting in line for inspection, and upon further examination, officers found two wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the car batteries.
The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of about $182,000.
He was arrested and booked into Imperial County jail while CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.