Border Patrol Agents Seize Fentanyl
SALTON SEA, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized dangerous narcotics during a smuggling attempt Tuesday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:37 a.m., when a man driving a grey Lincoln sedan approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle in the primary inspection lane. Agents directed the vehicle to enter the secondary inspection area for further investigation.
While in secondary inspection, agents discovered four packages hidden under the rear passenger seat. The blue pills inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of fentanyl when tested with a narcotics test kit. Agents arrested the man and took him to the detention area for further processing.
The total weight of the fentanyl was approximately 1.3 pounds with an estimated value of $14,145.
El Centro Sector turned over the driver, a 43-year-old United States Citizen, the vehicle and the narcotics to the U.S. 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.