Suspected smuggler wanted for rape arrested in Calexico

Suspected smuggler wanted for rape arrested in Calexico

CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a man wanted for rape after they found 119 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the car he was driving.


CBP officers say the driver, a 41-year-old Salvadorian man, drove up to the Calexico east port of entry in a red Ford F-150 truck. Officers say the man presented an identification card and a fake birth certificate. The officer noticed the man was nervous and sent him to secondary inspection for a more thorough revision. Officers used their imaging system and K-9 officer to search the car and found 24 packages of meth hidden inside the tires of the truck.


Officers say they then used their fingerprint system to figure out who the man was. The man turned out to be an undocumented immigrant wanted for rape in Pasco, Washington.

The man was arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail where the awaits arraignment and extradition.

Officers say the meth could have sold for almost $900,000 in the streets.

About The Author

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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