SALTON CITY, Calif. –El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler Sunday after discovering packages of methamphetamine hidden in a backpack.
The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 20-year-old man on a commercial passenger bus at the Highway 86 checkpoint.
Agents referred the bus driver to secondary inspection area for an immigration check. During the inspection, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the man’s backpack. The agents searched the backpack and subsequently discovered two packages of methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 2.2 pounds with an estimated street value of about $22,000.
The man and the narcotics were turned over to the custody of Drug Enforcement Administration agents for further investigation.
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.