Border Patrol Stops Two Smuggling Attempts
SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested one individual suspected of smuggling methamphetamine. Agents also arrested two more attempting to smuggle suspected illegal aliens on Thursday.
The first incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m., when a 33-year-old man driving a light blue Hyundai approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation.
While in secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered several packages of suspected narcotics hidden in the interior upholstery of the all the seat backrests of the vehicle. Agents determined that the substance was consistent with the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The total weight of the methamphetamine discovered was 40.6 pounds, with an estimated value of $107,590.
The man, a Mexican citizen, vehicle and contraband were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The second incident occurred at approximately 10:46 p.m., when a 40-year-old man driving a white tractor trailer accompanied by a 37-year-old woman approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary for further investigation.
After a search of the vehicle, agents discovered three suspected illegal aliens hiding in the trailer. The men, a 38-year-old and 28-year-old Mexican citizens and a 48-year-old Guatemala citizen were determined to be illegally present in the United States.
The driver, passenger and the three men were placed under arrest and were transported to the Calexico Border Patrol Station for further processing.
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.