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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Seizes $1.9 Million of Cocaine at Highway 86 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
April 13, 2011

Westmorland, Calif. - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station seized a substantial amount of cocaine at the Highway 86 Checkpoint yesterday afternoon.

Vehicle with cocaine bundles.

Vehicle used to smuggle the cocaine.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., a silver sport utility vehicle approached the primary inspection of the Highway 86 Border Patrol Checkpoint. After inconsistencies with the driver's statements to the agents working at primary, the vehicle was sent to the secondary inspection area.

In the secondary area, a Border Patrol canine team alerted to the possible presence of narcotics located within the vehicle. Agents discovered several bundled packages of cocaine located inside a non-factory compartment within the vehicle totaling 61 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $1.9 million.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017