NILAND, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 111 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine hidden inside the front and back seat of his vehicle last Saturday evening.
The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m., after a 42-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a grey 2002 Dodge Durango.
During primary inspection, a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the vehicle. Agents referred the man to secondary inspection for a closer examination.
After further inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered 13 packages hidden in the vehicle’s front and back seat cushions. The packages were examined and tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The combined weight of the packages totaled 46.81 pounds with an estimated street value of $234,050.
“Our K-9 agents play a vital role in the safeguarding of our communities by helping prevent dangerous drugs such as these from reaching our city streets,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim.
The man, a Permanent Legal 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 478.61 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.