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.
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.
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.