Dangerous Drugs Seized at Border Patrol Checkpoint
SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine at the Highway 86 checkpoint on Friday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:05 a.m., when a woman driving a white 2002 Nissan Sentra approached the checkpoint for inspection. A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation.
A search of the vehicle revealed a package hidden inside a lunch bag and a bundle on her person. The substance inside the package tested positive for the characteristics of black tar heroin and the bundle on her person tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The total weight of the black tar heroin was 249.4 grams; the total weight of the methamphetamine was 30.1 grams. The total value of both narcotics combined has an estimated street value of $26,290.
The driver, a 38-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle and narcotics 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 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.