Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth Packages in Two Separate Events
CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized packages filled with methamphetamine in two separate events over the weekend.
The first incident occurred on Friday at approximately 1:05 p.m., when a Remote Video Surveillance Operator received a call from an employee from the solar panels located approximately seven miles west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. The caller stated that he had found a backpack in the fenced in property of the solar panels. Agents responded to the area and made contact with the solar panel employee who directed the agent to the abandoned backpack. The agent opened the backpack and found several packages that appeared to be narcotics. A canine detection team was requested to respond to the area. When the team arrived, the canine immediately alerted to the backpack. The agent seized the backpack and transported the narcotics to the El Centro Border Patrol Station for processing.
At the station, the contents inside the packages tested positive for methamphetamine, with a weight of 6.9 pounds and an estimated street value of $11,400.
The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The second incident occurred on Sunday at approximately 3:50 p.m., when a Remote Video Surveillance System operator notified agents of a package being thrown over the International Border wall from Mexico into the United States. An agent responded to the location and discovered one taped wrapped kettlebell shaped package just west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry and near First Street. The agent seized and transported the package back to the Calexico Border Patrol Station.
At the station, the contents inside the package tested positive for methamphetamine, with a weight of 2.26 pounds, and an estimated street value of $4,294.
There has been multiple kettlebell meth seizures this month by El Centro Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents.
This incident was one of several over the weekend when El Centro Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents seized packages of methamphetamine at checkpoints, arrested a previously convicted sex offender, and rescued a man who became lost while trying to illegally cross into the U.S.
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.