CBP Officers find $400K worth of meth

CBP Officers find $400K worth of meth

CALEXICO. Calif. – A man was arrested after federal officers found more than 50 pounds of crystal methamphetamine hidden in the car he was driving.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say the man’s car was alerted to by a K9 officer while the man waited in line to cross into the U.S. at the East Port of Entry.

Officers say they found 30 tape-wrapped packages of meth hidden inside the rocker panels and rear quarter panels of the 2014 Dodge Challenger the man was driving Friday.

The man, a 27-year-old Holtville resident and permanent resident of the U.S. from Mexico, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. He was booked into Imperial County Jail and will face federal charges.

The meth could have sold in the street for about $400,000 according to officers.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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