CALEXICO - A Chicago man was arrested after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 11 pounds of methamphetamine and three pounds of cocaine hidden in a suitcase he was carrying at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Saturday.

U.S. citizen Eduardo Castillo, 21, approached the Calexico downtown Port of Entry’s pedestrian lanes carrying a backpack and suitcase around 10:45 a.m., according to the court complaint.

The officer noticed that Castillo was acting nervously when asked about his suitcase, and officers found a cot made of wood and burlap inside the suitcase.

An x-ray revealed anomalies inside the wooden portion of the cot, and officers then found 3.16 pounds of cocaine and 11.35 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $41,000 and the methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $74,000, according to a CBP press release.

“Castillo stated he was approached by an unknown male near the tunnel” leading to the port’s pedestrian lane and was offered $400 to cross from Mexico into the U.S. with the suitcase, according to the complaint.

He was booked into Imperial County jail while CBP seized and narcotics. 

Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or cadami@ivpressonline.com

I covered the border and Calexico for two-and-a-half years but am now the courts and crime reporter. I studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and previously worked as a staff photographer in Austin, Dallas, Costa Rica and rural Oklahoma.

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