Salton City, California - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station arrested a smuggler yesterday attempting to transport approximately $200,000 worth of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred at around 9 a.m., when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a silver-colored Ford Windstar at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Salton City, Calif. The minivan was being driven by a 37-year-old female with a valid immigration document. Agents conducted a thorough search of the minivan during secondary inspection and discovered approximately six pounds of methamphetamine hidden throughout the woman's groceries.
The driver, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.