CALEXICO — A 16-year-old Mexicali girl was being held in the county juvenile hall Friday, a day after she was arrested on suspicion of bringing methamphetamine into the country through the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.
The girl, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. after U.S. Customs inspectors reportedly found 35 pounds of methamphetamine in the car she was driving.
The manufactured narcotic was concealed in 30 wrapped packages in the quarter panel of the car.
Inspectors noted the girl, a U.S. citizen living in Mexicali, was nervous as she tried to cross the border.
Using a high-technology "buster" density device to probe the vehicle, inspectors observed unusual readings around the quarter panel.
Bonnie Lemert, U.S. Customs Service Calexico-area ports director, said, "Young people who get involved in illegal activity need to know there are severe consequences of their actions."