SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents from the Indio Station assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling drugs in the rocker panels of his vehicle on Sunday.
The arrest occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m., when a 26-year-old man approached the Border Patrol checkpoint in a gray 2011 Chevrolet Malibu sedan.
As the vehicle approached the primary inspection booth, a Border Patrol K9 team alerted to the vehicle. The primary inspection agent referred the vehicle for secondary inspection.
During the secondary inspection, the K9 again alerted to the rocker panels of the Chevrolet. A search of the vehicle revealed 20 plastic wrapped bundles which tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
“This seizure not only denies Transnational Criminal Organizations the money and resources needed to continue their illicit activities but also helps keep our communities safe.” said David S. Kim, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent.
The narcotics had a combined weight of 25.02 pounds with an estimated street value of $80,064.
The man, a Mexican national, the vehicle, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2017, El Centro Sector has seized more than 84.03 pounds of methamphetamine.
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.