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CBP Border Patrol Agents Seize Heroin on Interstate 8

Release Date: 
October 27, 2010

Calexico, Calif. - On Monday morning, Border Patrol agents from the Calexico Station seized approximately 25 pounds of heroin at the Interstate 8 checkpoint, which is located approximately 35 miles east of Calexico.

A service canine alerted agents to the presence of the narcotics.

Calexico Station Border Patrol agents found 25 pounds of heroin stashed in the spare tire of a sport utility vehicle.

At 10 a.m., a canine team alerted to a red sport-utility vehicle as it approached the primary inspection area. Agents referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area where the driver consented to a search of the vehicle. During a subsequent search, agents discovered several packages concealed within the spare tire underneath the vehicle. The packages contained approximately 25 pounds of heroin, which was valued at more than $825,000.

The driver, narcotics, and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017