Indio, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station thwarted a narcotics smuggling attempt at the checkpoint located on Highway 86 yesterday afternoon resulting in the seizure of nearly $250,000 worth of methamphetamines.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., a white Chevrolet pick-up truck approached the primary inspection area of the checkpoint and the driver was subsequently referred to secondary inspection. While in the secondary inspection area, a Border Patrol canine team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle and alerted to the front end of the vehicle.
Agents transported the vehicle to the Indio Station to perform a more extensive search of the vehicle's engine compartment. During this search, agents discovered an anomaly within the vehicle's radiator.
Once agents drained and removed the radiator, they found several packages which contained methamphetamines. The methamphetamines had an estimated value of approximately $244,000.
The driver, vehicle, and methamphetamines 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.