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El Centro Border Patrol Nabs Drug Smugglers

Release Date: 
February 3, 2012

IMPERIAL COUNTY, CALIF.—Earlier this week, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector arrested a 56 and 54-year-old male attempting to smuggle marijuana through the Highway 111 and Highway 86 Checkpoints.

CBP officers in El Centro Sector seize drugs concealed in containers

Containers used to hold illegal narcotics

The first incident occurred after Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station conducted a search of a tractor-trailer at the Highway 111 Checkpoint near Niland, Calif. During the search, agents discovered two sealed containers containing packages of marijuana. The marijuana weighed approximately 155 pounds and was given an estimated street value of $123,000.

The driver was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the tractor-trailer and marijuana.

Package of marijuana seized by Agents in southern California

155 pounds of marijuana seized by U.S. Border Patrol

That same day, Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Westmorland, Calif. discovered 17 brick-like bundles of marijuana in an a hidden compartment inside a Isuzu SUV. The marijuana weighed approximately 33 pounds and was given an estimated value of $26,560.

The driver was arrested and turned over to the Imperial County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017