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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents Discover Methamphetamine in Minivan at Highway 86 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
September 18, 2014

SALTON CITY, Calif. – Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a pair of suspected drug smugglers after discovering packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a luggage bag stored in a minivan.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a male driver and female passenger in a white 2006 Toyota Sienna at the Highway 86 checkpoint located near Salton City. 

Agents referred the driver to the secondary inspection area for further investigation.  During the inspection, a canine detection team alerted to the vehicle.  The agents subsequently discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a bag of luggage located inside the vehicle.El Centro Sector agents from the Highway 86 checkpoint seized more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside a bag of luggage located in the vehicle, with an estimated street value of $35,000.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 5.4 pounds with an estimated street value of about $35,000.

The man, a U.S. citizen, and the woman, a lawfully present Mexican citizen, were turned over to the custody of Drug Enforcement Administration agents for further investigation.

The vehicle and narcotics were seized.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017