CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seize methamphetamine in an ultralight aircraft smuggling attempt on Saturday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m., when Border Patrol agents observed an ultralight aircraft flying at a low altitude east of Highway 111 and south of Jasper Road.
Agents responded to the area and located a yellow duffle bag and a metal basket on a field road 100 yards northwest of Jasper Road and Meadows Road. Inside the duffle bag, agents discovered multiple packages wrapped in cellophane containing a white crystal-like substance. Agents then transported the basket, the duffle bag, and all of its contents to the Calexico Border Patrol Station for further processing.
At the station, agents tested the contents of the packages. The contents tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. The total weight of the methamphetamine was 151.25 pounds with an estimated street value of $340,312.
The narcotic packages 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.