Mar 8, 2014
CALEXICO– U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized about 11 pounds of methamphetamine at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry and arrested a Mexicali resident on Wednesday.
Around 4:45 a.m., James Torres, 35, approached the port driving a white 2000 Ford F-250 pickup missing a front plate, according to the court complaint.
During inspection, the officer noticed tampering with the engine manifold, and a detector dog alerted to the vehicle. Upon further inspection, officers found a package containing about 11 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the engine intake manifold.
Torres was advised of his rights and said he knew there were narcotics in the vehicle and that he was to be paid $3,000, according to the complaint.