SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of smuggling almost a half million dollars of narcotics inside his truck Saturday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:25 a.m., when a 34-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a Honda pick-up truck. At primary inspection, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the bed of the pick-up.
Agents referred the man to secondary inspection for a closer inspection of his vehicle.
Upon further inspection, Border Patrol agents found five packages stuffed inside a secret compartment between the truck’s cab and bed. Agents tested the contents of the packages and indicated a positive for characteristics of heroin and cocaine.
The total weight of the heroin was 16.2 pounds with an estimated street value of $226,800. The weight of the cocaine totaled 20 pounds with an estimated street value of $260,000.
Agents identified the man as a Mexican citizen. Agents turned him, the vehicle, and narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2018, El Centro Sector has seized more than 42.55 pounds of heroin and more than 73.24 pounds of cocaine.
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.