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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize more than 13 Pounds of Methamphetamine at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
December 5, 2014

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017