OCOTILLO, CALIF.—On Sunday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro, Calif. station encountered and seized two vehicles filled with more than $1.5 million worth in marijuana and arrested one of the drivers.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:35 a.m., when camera operators notified Border Patrol agents of two vehicles traveling north from the United States/Mexico International Boundary vehicle barriers. Agents responded to the area approximately 21 miles west of Calexico, Calif. and encountered a 1991 white Toyota Four Runner and a 1998 green Jeep Cherokee traveling back south. The vehicles separated and then stopped near the border. Three individuals exited and ran toward Mexico in an attempt to escape agents.
Agents arrested one of the fleeing individuals, a 40-year-old male who was later identified as a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States. Agents secured both vehicles containing 79 large bundles of marijuana with a combined weight of 1,881 pounds. The marijuana has an estimated street value of more than $1,504,000.
Agents arrested the man, seized the vehicles and marijuana, and turned them 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.