U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico Port of Entry intercepted more than $8 million worth of narcotics over a five-day stretch.
A total of 603 pounds of fentanyl, 187 pounds of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana were located inside traveler's vehicles and luggage between July 13 and July 17. On July 13, over 130 pounds of fentanyl were discovered in a vehicle. Nearly 228 pounds of fentanyl was discovered on July 14 following a K-9 screening. On July 15 over 106 pounds of fentanyl were discovered utilizing the port's imaging system. Over 66 pounds of fentanyl was discovered in a traveler's vehicle and luggage. On July 17, over 72 pounds of fentanyl and nearly 187 pounds of methamphetamine were discovered using the port's imaging system. David Salazar, CBP Port Director at the Calexico Port of Entry said, " Fentanyl, a very lethal drug, continues to be on the rise and our officers will relentlessly continue doing everything they can to keep this hard narcotic off our streets".
The total estimated value of the narcotics seized is $8.25 million. All travelers were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.