SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station
Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a woman suspected of drug smuggling after they discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear bumper of her vehicle on Sunday.
The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m., when a 33-year-old woman approached the checkpoint driving a white 2003 Chevrolet Cadillac CTS.
Agents referred the woman to the secondary inspection area for a closer examination. A Border Patrol detection canine alerted to the vehicle at secondary inspection. After an intensive search, agents discovered 21 vacuum sealed bundles of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle’s rear bumper.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 26.67 pounds with an estimated street value of $266,700.
“This seizure is an example of the great work of the men and women of the El Centro Sector,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott. “Our community is a safer place because of the work these brave men and women carry out daily.”
The woman, a United States citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2016, El Centro Sector has seized more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine.
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.