Indio, Calif. - On January 14, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working the Highway 86 checkpoint seized more than 135 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $110,000.
At approximately 3 p.m., a silver colored mini-van approached the primary inspection area at the Highway 86 checkpoint which is operated by Indio Station agents. The vehicle was referred to the secondary inspection.
While in secondary, a Border Patrol canine team conducted a cursory inspection of the vehicle. The canine team alerted to the trunk of the vehicle. In addition, a non-intrusive inspection of the vehicle using a large scale imaging system was conducted and an anomaly was discovered in the floor of the vehicle. A physical search of that area revealed 132 vacuum sealed bags containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for the properties of marijuana.
The driver of the mini-van, a United States citizen, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and marijuana.
According to El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey A. Calhoon, "This is a testament of Border Patrol's effectiveness," he said. "It shows how our checkpoints are a valuable tool when it comes to establishing a second line of defense for stemming the flow of dangerous narcotics into our country."
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.