Salton City, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine from a single vehicle at the Highway 86 Checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City, California. In two other separate incidents, agents seized large amounts of cocaine and U.S. Currency.
At the checkpoint on September 7, 2012, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a 2003 Honda Accord. A further inspection of the vehicle led to the discovery of several packages of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine located inside a hidden compartment. The illegal narcotics had a combined weight of approximately 13 pounds and have an estimated street value of more than $445,000. The driver, a 19-year-old male United States citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Imperial County Narcotics Task Force for disposition.
The second incident also occurred at the checkpoint on September 8, at approximately 10:15 p.m., after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a 2009 Nissan Altima. A further inspection revealed seven packages of cocaine, which had a combined weight of approximately 17 pounds and have an estimated street value of more than $570,000. The driver, a 30-year-old male United States citizen, the vehicle and narcotics, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for disposition.
The third incident also occurred on September 8, at approximately 11:00 p.m. Border Patrol agents conducted a vehicle stop on a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe on Interstate 10, driven by a 25-year-old, United States citizen, approximately 40 miles east of Indio, Calif. A search of the vehicle revealed over $18,000 in U.S. currency within a paper sack located in the center console. A further search of the vehicle also led to the discovery of a small amount of marijuana. The drugs and currency were seized pending further investigation.
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