SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine on Friday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m., after a 26-year-old woman approached the checkpoint in a grey 2004 Nissan Altima.
During primary inspection, a Border Patrol detection canine alerted to the vehicle. Agents referred the woman to the secondary inspection area for a closer examination.
After a more thorough inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered abnormalities in the vehicle’s back seats. Inside the cushions of the seats, agents discovered five packages wrapped in plastic.
The packages were examined and tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The combined weight of the packages totaled 17.82 pounds with an estimated street value of $57,024.
“Drug smuggling organizations go to no end to further transportation of their illegal narcotics,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim. “I commend our agents for their continued hard work to protect our country from these illegal and dangerous drugs.”
The woman, a Lawful Permanent Resident, the vehicle, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
Since fiscal year 2017, which started Oct. 1, 2016, El Centro Sector seized more than 523.19 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.