SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a couple suspected of drug smuggling at the Highway 86 checkpoint after they discovered packages of methamphetamine and cocaine hidden in their vehicle’s fuel tank Thursday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 7 a.m., after a 33-year-old woman driver and her 24-year-old male passenger approached the checkpoint in a Mercedes Benz.
A Border Patrol detection canine alerted to the vehicle. Agents referred the woman to the secondary inspection area for a closer examination.
After an intensive search, agents discovered 45 vacuum sealed bundles of methamphetamine and one bundle of cocaine hidden inside the vehicle’s fuel tank. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 52.2 pounds with an estimated street value of $522,000. The cocaine weighed 11.2 ounces and had an estimated street value of $14,560.
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.