CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station arrested five men after discovering more than 200 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle early Tuesday morning.
Shortly after 3 a.m., Border Patrol agents observed five men carrying large backpack type bundles as they illegally entered into the United States.
The men walked north towards a 2004 Dodge Neon that was parked near the Imperial Irrigation District’s Drop 1. Agents approached the vehicle’s location and observed five men flee south.
Agents discovered 10 bundles of marijuana inside the Dodge and placed the driver, a 32-year-old, United States citizen, under arrest.
Border Patrol agents conducted a search of the area and arrested four Mexican citizen men, between the ages of 18 and 35-years old, who were hiding nearby.
The marijuana bundles had a combined weight of more than 219 pounds with a street value of around $131,000.
“Despite the advances in technology, vigilance is still our greatest tool in safeguarding our nation’s borders,” said Calexico Station’s Patrol Agent in Charge Carlos Briones.
The men, marijuana, and vehicle were turned over to the Imperial County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force for further investigation.
Agents tracked the fifth man to the International Border Fence where he likely fled back into Mexico.
Last fiscal year, El Centro Sector seized more than 5,700 pounds of marijuana.
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.