December 28, 2013
An El Centro man accused of drug smuggling had a 10-year-old boy in the car with him when he was arrested, and authorities found about 29 pounds of methamphetamine in a vehicle at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Thursday. Around 1:45 p.m., Alexander Rubalcava, 32, of El Centro approached the port accompanied by the boy and driving a 2007 Honda Civic, according to the court complaint. A Customs and Border Protection officer referred him to secondary inspection.
There, a detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s undercarriage, and officers then found a dozen wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle’s rocker panels.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of about 29 pounds and an estimated street value of $435,000, according to a CBP release.
Rubalcava was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing before being booked into Imperial County jail.
Authorities took custody of the child until proper relatives were contacted. CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.