SALTON CITY, Calif. –Friday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler after discovering packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the bed of a pickup truck.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 66-year-old male driving a red 1992 Ford F-150 at the Highway 86 checkpoint located near Salton City.
After a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle, agents referred the driver to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. The agents subsequently discovered a false compartment in the bed of the vehicle containing 10 packages of methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 13.9 pounds with an estimated street value of about $139,000.
The driver, a United States citizen, the vehicle, 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.