SALTON CITY, Calif. – During two separate events, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested three suspected narcotics smugglers and seized more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine valued at approximately $84,565.
The first incident occurred Friday, at approximately 11 a.m., when a bus from Mexico approached the Highway 86 checkpoint and was referred for further inspection.
During inspection and questioning of passengers, two female juveniles were removed from the bus for further questioning. While outside of the bus, a Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the two female juveniles. Both teens then admitted to agents of each having a package of narcotics strapped to their stomachs.
The two packages of methamphetamine had a combine weight of 3.19 pounds with an estimated street value of $20,735. The United States citizen juveniles and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
The second incident occurred on Saturday, at around 8 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 34-year-old woman driving a tan 2002 Nissan Altima as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred for further inspection.
During the inspection agents discovered 9.82 pounds of liquid methamphetamine inside the windshield wiper fluid reservoir, having an estimated street value of $63,830.
The woman, a United States citizen, and the methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.