SALTON CITY, CALIF.—Yesterday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected female narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized four packages of heroin taped to her body.
The incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m., when a 20-year-old woman, driving a purple 1998 Chevrolet Malibu approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. Agents directed her to secondary inspection were a Border Patrol canine team conducted a cursory inspection resulting in an alert around the driver's seat of the vehicle.
Border Patrol agents conducted a pat down of the woman, which revealed four plastic wrapped packages duct taped to her upper abdomen. Agents also discovered a pair of shoes with hollowed out soles, a common method used by smugglers to conceal contraband.
The heroin had a combined weight of approximately 2.36 pounds and an estimated street value of $75,000. The woman, a United States Citizen, was arrested as the sole suspect in the case.
The suspect and narcotics were turned over to the Imperial County 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.
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.