Calexico, Calif. - On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station seized approximately 1,000 pounds of marijuana from a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) abandoned at the U.S./Mexico international border approximately 10 miles west of Calexico, Calif.
At approximately 10 p.m., agents observed a vehicle traveling northbound from the border just east of Mount Signal. As agents approached the vehicle, it quickly turned south and headed towards the border. When agents caught up to the SUV, they noticed that it had been abandoned north of the border and that the driver had absconded into Mexico.
Upon searching the vehicle, agents discovered a large number of bundles which were found to contain marijuana. The total amount of the marijuana was valued at approximately $803,000.
The marijuana and the 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.