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Border Patrol Checkpoint Halts Drug Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
June 16, 2011

Westmorland, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a man early this morning attempting to smuggle more than $350,000 worth of narcotics.

A service canine alerted agents to the presence of contraband in the vehicle.

Indio Station Border Patrol agents discovered approximately 8 pounds of cocaine and 140 pounds of marijuana concealed within an engine compartment of a vehicle at a highway checkpoint.

The incident occurred at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Westmorland around midnight, when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado during primary inspection. The driver, a 34-year-old United States citizen, was referred for further investigation. A thorough search of the vehicle resulted in agents discovering approximately 8 pounds of cocaine and 140 pounds of marijuana concealed within an engine compartment.

The driver, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017