Salton City, Calif. —Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested two suspected narcotics smugglers and seized more than 21 pounds of methamphetamine in two separate events.
The first incident occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m., when a Border Patrol Canine Detection team found an abandoned backpack that was located in the overhead storage area during a bus check at the Highway 86 checkpoint. After questioning the bus passengers, agents determined that the backpack belonged to a 47-year-old man with a valid temporary United States permanent resident card. The backpack contained six wrapped packages of methamphetamine weighing more than four pounds, with an estimated street value of $54,000.
The man was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The second incident occurred around 5:40 p.m., when a 57-year-old man driving a tan 2001 Cadillac Deville approached the Highway 111 checkpoint near Niland, Calif. A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred to secondary for further inspection. During the inspection, agents discovered 46 individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the rear seat area of the vehicle. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 16.6 pounds with an estimated street value of $199,000.
The suspected smuggler, a United States citizen, was arrested and 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 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.