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Border Patrol Stops Heroin Smuggling Attempt at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
December 23, 2014

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler with 1.51 pounds of heroin strapped to his body.

El Centro Sector agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint seize more than 1.5 pounds of heroin strapped to a man’s torso.

El Centro Sector agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint seize more than 1.5 pounds of heroin strapped to a man’s torso.

Monday, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Border Patrol agents encountered a bus at the Highway 86 checkpoint and referred it to the secondary inspection area for an immigration check. 

Agents encountered a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen riding on the bus who was traveling alone. Through questioning, agents discovered that the man was carrying a package of heroin strapped to his torso area.

The heroin had a weight of 1.51 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $18,000.

The man and seized drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017