Salton City, Calif. - On Oct. 26 agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a convicted sex offender who attempted to circumvent the Highway 86 checkpoint, which is located between Westmorland and Salton City. In a separate incident, on Oct. 28, agents assigned to the Calexico Station seized approximately 23 pounds of methamphetamine.
In the first incident, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a 2007 Chevrolet pickup attempted to circumvent the Highway 86 checkpoint. Agents approached the vehicle and identified four undocumented Mexican citizens, and a United States citizen. One of the individuals, a 34-year-old man, was previously convicted for lewd and lascivious acts with a child and sentenced to a one-year prison term and three year probation. The U.S. Border Patrol will seek prosecution on the subject for illegal re-entry into the United States.
In the second incident, at approximately 2 p.m., agents assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint, near Calexico, referred a Ford F-150 pickup truck for inspection. During inspection, a canine team alerted to the vehicle. The driver, a 28-year-old United States citizen, and the vehicle were taken to the Calexico West Port of Entry for further inspection. After a thorough inspection, agents discovered 20 packages of methamphetamine concealed in the truck. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of approximately 23 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $764,000. The man and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.
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.