Chicago Man Arrested for Carrying Nearly 14 Pounds of Narcotics across the Border in Suitcase
CALEXICO- Discovering 11 pounds of methamphetamine and 3 pounds of cocaine in a suitcase carried by a Chicago man crossing the Calexico downtown Port of Entry, U.S. Customs and Border detained and arrested him.
At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, U.S. citizen Eduardo Castillo, 21, approached the Calexico downtown Port of Entry’s pedestrian lanes. A court complaint states that the man was carrying a backpack and suitcase. He was also acting noticeably nervous and caught the attention of the officer at the border. Castillo was stopped and the suitcase he was carrying inspected. Inside, officers discovered a wood and burlap cot.
Using an X-ray for closer inspection, officers discovered suspicious irregularities in the wooden portion of the cot. Breaking open the wood, officers revealed 3.16 pounds of cocaine and 11.35 pounds of methamphetamine which had been stashed inside. The California Border Patrol reported that the cocaine has an estimated street value of $41,000 and the methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $74,000.
The complaint filed against Castillo stated that he was approached by a man near the tunnel that leads to the pedestrian lane. Castillo claimed that he didn’t know the man, but said he was offered $400 if he could carry a suitcase across the border. He states that he then took the suitcase and attempted to cross. Castillo was booked into Imperial County jail and the narcotics in his possession were seized by the California Border Patrol.