SALTON CITY, Calif.–Friday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested two men suspected of smuggling drugs at the Highway 86 checkpoint after agents discovered more than $1,000,000 worth of cocaine concealed in a commercial truck they were driving.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered the men as it approached the checkpoint in a Ford commercial utility truck.
A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the truck and agents referred the driver to secondary for further investigation. Upon further inspection, agents discovered thirty-three packages of cocaine concealed in a non-factory compartment located behind the cab of the truck.
The cocaine had a combined weight of approximately 79 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,027,000.
The men, both Mexican citizens, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further processing.
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