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Border Patrol Nabs Suspected Smuggler at Calif. Checkpoint

Release Date: 
April 27, 2011

Westmorland, Calif.- U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio, Calif. station arrested a man Wednesday afternoon attempting to smuggle more than $100,000 worth of methamphetamine.

A Border Patrol canine team alerted to a tan colored Pontiac Grand Prix while performing a cursory search at primary inspection of the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Westmorland, Calif. The sedan was being driven by a 37-year-old male United States citizen. During secondary inspection, a thorough search of the vehicle was conducted and Border Patrol agents discovered approximately 3.5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a non-factory compartment.

The driver, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017