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Border Patrol Makes Two Drug Busts over the Weekend

Release Date: 
September 10, 2018

SALTON CITY, Calif.El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents made two drug busts over the weekend.  One at the Highway 86 checkpoint and the other discovered on a man concealing drugs in a body cavity.

The first incident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m., on Friday afternoon, when a woman in a red Dodge Caliber approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. 

Agents discover 50 packages of meth hidden in car.
Agents discover 50 packages
of meth hidden in car.

During pre-primary inspection, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle.  Agents referred the Dodge to secondary for further inspection.

At secondary inspection, a search of the vehicle revealed 50 packages hidden in the floorboards containing a white crystal substance.  The packages were tested and proved positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.

The packages totaled 51.36 lbs., with an estimated street value of $136,104

The woman, a 34-year-old United States citizen, vehicle, and narcotics, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

The second incident occurred Sunday morning at approximately 7:45 a.m., when agents conducted a vehicle stop of a white Nissan Pathfinder with one male driver.

During a pat down, agents discovered a white crystal substance in the subject’s pocket.  The man informed agents the substance was meth intended for personal use.

Furthermore, the man informed agents other narcotics were concealed inside his rectum.  The man was transported to a local hospital where the narcotics were safely removed.

The narcotics were tested and proved positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine and heroin.  The meth totaled 9 grams, while the heroin totaled 11 grams, with a combined street value of $715.

The man, a 39-year-old United States citizen, vehicle, and narcotics will be turned over to Imperial County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.

In fiscal year 2018, El Centro Sector agents have seized more than 1,127.38 pounds of methamphetamine, amounting to over $2.9 million.

Last modified: 
September 11, 2018