SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine and heroin Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:40 a.m., when a 21-year-old man drove a white 2006 Nissan Xterra to the checkpoint. A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation.
While in secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered 14 packages hidden inside all four tires of the vehicle. Agents determined that the substances in the packages were consistent with the characteristics of methamphetamine and heroin.
The total weight of the 10-methamphetamine packages discovered was 78 pounds with an estimated value of $179,400.
The total weight of the four heroin packages was 10.5 pounds with an estimated value of $241,500.
The man, a United States citizen, the vehicle, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
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.