SALTON CITY, CALIF.—On Wednesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to Indio Station intercepted two separate narcotics smuggling attempts at the Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City, Calif. Both incidents yielded approximately 66 pounds of marijuana in the first arrest, and 9 pounds of methamphetamine in the second.
On June 19, at approximately 4 p.m., a Border Patrol K-9 team working the checkpoint alerted to a white 2000 Ford Explorer. A further inspection of the vehicle led to the discovery of 66.9 pounds of marijuana located inside a hidden compartment of the vehicle. The marijuana has an estimated value of over $53,500. A 27-year-old woman, a citizen of the United States, was taken into custody without incident. The women, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office for further investigation.
The second incident took place at approximately 9 p.m. on the same day when another Border Patrol K-9 team alerted to a gray 1996 Toyota Tercel. Further inspection of that vehicle led to the discovery of 9 pounds of methamphetamine inside a car battery compartment. The methamphetamine had an estimated value of over $300,000. The 21-year old man, a citizen of the United States, was arrested. The man and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.
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.