NILAND, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 111 immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling narcotics Tuesday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m., when a 57-year-old man driving a green Ford F-150 truck approached the checkpoint. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation after a Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle.
While in secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered packages hidden inside of the cab wall and at the head of the truck bed. Agents determined that the packages contained a substance that was consistent with the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The total weight of the narcotics discovered was 63.5 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated value of $127,000.
The man, a Mexican citizen, the narcotics and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.