SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a suspected drug smuggler after discovering heroin concealed in his vehicle on Tuesday.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m., when Border Patrol agents at the checkpoint encountered a 23-year-old man, a United States citizen, driving a 2005 Pontiac G6.
A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents referred the driver to secondary for further examination. Agents discovered four packages of heroin wrapped in tape concealed in the frame rail of the vehicle.
Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Joyce Golosino with the El Centro Sector Field Communications Branch said, “This seizure is yet another example of our agents’ continual vigilance and dedication to the performance of their duties. Because of their outstanding efforts a very dangerous drug will never make it to our streets.”
The heroin weighed in at 6.9 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $82,800.
Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the man, narcotics and vehicle.
Last fiscal year, El Centro Sector seized more than 186.5 pounds of heroin.
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 1-800-901-2003.
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