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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Arrest Suspected Meth Smuggler

Release Date: 
April 27, 2012

Salton City, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Border Patrol Station arrested a 25-year-old United States citizen attempting to smuggle methamphetamine Wednesday morning.

Fire Extinguishers used to conceal methamphetamine.

The incident occurred at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Salton City around 5 a.m., when a Border Patrol canine team performing a cursory search of a 1999 Chevrolet pick-up truck, alerted to the vehicle. During further inspection, agents used a large scale imaging system to scan the vehicle and discovered six pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated street value of $192,000 concealed within two fire extinguishers behind the passenger side seat.

The driver, vehicle and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017