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Border Patrol Agents Seize Over a Quarter of a Million Dollars in Deadly Illegal Narcotics over Valentine’s Day Weekend

Release Date: 
February 16, 2021

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately $364,840 in illegal narcotics over the weekend in four separate events.

Seized
El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents
Seize Approximately $364,840 In Illegal
Narcotics Over Valentine’s Day Weekend.

The first incident occurred Friday at approximately 11:30 a.m., when a burgundy Dodge Journey approached the Highway 111 Immigration Checkpoint. Agents directed the vehicle to enter the secondary inspection area for further investigation after one of its two occupants failed to provide identification.

During their inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents discovered several plastic wrapped packages of suspected narcotics in the front passenger seat area. The crystal like substance inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. Agents arrested the occupants and held him for further processing. 

The total weight of the methamphetamine was approximately 2.08 pounds with an estimated value of $5,200.

El Centro Sector turned over the driver, a 32-year-old United States citizen, the passenger, a 33-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle and the narcotics to Drug Enforcement Administration.

The second incident occurred Friday at approximately 3:40 p.m., when a silver Nissan Sentra approached the Highway 86 Immigration 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.

During their inspection, agents conducted a safety pat down of the driver, which revealed 397 pills inside a plastic bag. The contents inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of tramadol hydrochloride. Agents arrested the driver and held him for further processing. 

The total number of pills found were 397, with an estimated value of $98,145.

El Centro Sector turned over the driver, a 26-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle and the narcotics to Imperial County Sherriff’s Office.

The third incident occurred Saturday at approximately 10:30 p.m., when a gray Kia Soul approached the Hwy 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.

During their inspection, agents discovered three plastic wrapped packages of suspected narcotics hidden inside of a fire extinguisher. The crystal like substance inside one of the packages tested positive for the characteristics of fentanyl. The other two packages containing small blue pills tested positive for characteristics of oxycodone. Agents arrested the driver and held him for further processing. 

The total weight of the three packages was approximately 4.64 pounds with an estimated value of $131,520.

El Centro Sector turned over the driver, a 29-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle and the narcotics to Drug Enforcement Administration.

The fourth incident occurred Sunday at approximately 6:56 p.m., when a gray Honda Accord approached the Hwy 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.

During their inspection, agents discovered 50 plastic wrapped packages of suspected narcotics hidden inside the gas tank. The crystal like substance inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. Agents arrested the driver and held him for further processing. 

The total weight of the methamphetamine was approximately 51.99 pounds with an estimated value of $129,975.

El Centro Sector turned over the driver, a 19-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle and the narcotics to Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Last modified: 
February 16, 2021