Westmorland, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station arrested a man Friday morning after he attempted to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine.
On May 20th at approximately 5:45 a.m., agents working primary inspection at the Highway 86 Checkpoint directed a white Dodge Ram pickup to secondary inspection. At secondary, a Border Patrol Canine Team alerted to the vehicle, while performing a cursory search.
The agents performed a thorough search of the vehicle, which yielded more than 17 pounds of cocaine and more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine, combining for a worth of more than $700,000.
The vehicle, contraband and driver 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.