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Deadly Black Tar Heroin Seized at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
August 27, 2021

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two United States citizens and one legal permanent resident accused of attempting to smuggle black tar heroin through an immigration checkpoint Thursday afternoon.

The incident occurred at about 12 p.m., when a dark gray 2004 Acura TLX approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent in primary inspection referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area for further investigation.

During secondary inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the trunk of the vehicle and discovered two bundles wrapped in black tape concealed inside a speaker box. The contents inside the bundles tested positive for black tar heroin.

The driver, a 38-year-old male legal permanent resident, passengers a 31-year-old female, and a 30-year-old male both United States citizen were caught with 4.8 pounds of black tar heroin, with an estimated value of $58,779.

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

Last modified: 
August 27, 2021