Salton City, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station busts illegal narcotics smuggling attempt on consecutive days. Agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint, located between Westmorland and Salton City California, seized approximately nine pounds of methamphetamine yesterday following a similar seizure from the previous day.
The incident occurred on October 24, at approximately 7:00 p.m., when a Crucero passenger bus was referred to secondary for inspection. In secondary, a canine team alerted to the interior of the bus. For the safety of the canine team and the general public, the passengers were then asked to exit the bus for further investigation. The canine team further alerted to an overhead compartment where agents discovered a backpack containing five packages of methamphetamine that were vacuum-sealed in plastic. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of approximately nine pounds and an estimated street value of more than $300,000. A 32-year-old man, and lawfully admitted permanent resident, was arrested as a suspect in the case. The man and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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