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Border Patrol Prevents Marijuana Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
June 16, 2015

CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized 93 pounds of marijuana that was backpacked into the United States near Mount Signal on Monday.

Agents seize $55K of marijuana from backpacks.

Agents seize $55K of marijuana from backpacks.

The incident occurred around midnight. Border Patrol agents operating a Remote Video Surveillance System observed two men climb over the International Boundary Fence at the base of Mount Signal Mountain.

After making their illegal entry, both men proceeded to run north with large backpacks.

When Border Patrol agents arrived at the location, the men dropped their backpacks and attempted to flee into Mexico.

Both men, one a 21-year-old Mexican citizen and the other a 28-year-old Mexican citizen, were placed under arrest and the packs that they tossed were retrieved.

The contents of the backpacks tested positive for marijuana and had a total weight of 93 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $55,000.

Acting Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim said, “The men and women of the El Centro Sector work day in and day out to ensure that dangerous drugs such as these do not reach the hands of our communities’ youth.”

The men and marijuana were turned over to High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA).

Last fiscal year El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized 5,713 pounds of marijuana.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017