SALTON CITY, Calif. –Saturday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint after discovering twenty-four packages of methamphetamine hidden in an aftermarket compartment in the rear bumper.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:35 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 29-year-old male driver in a burgundy 2000 Jeep Cherokee at the checkpoint.
Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection area for further examination. During the investigation, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. The agents searched the vehicle and subsequently discovered twenty-four packages of methamphetamine in the rear bumper.
The methamphetamine had a weight of 14.35 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $129,100.
The driver, a citizen of Mexico with valid B1/B2, the Jeep, and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration 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.