Ocotillo Wells, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station foiled an illegal narcotics smuggling attempt during a vehicle stop and seized over 9 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred yesterday morning, when Border Patrol agents stopped a 28-years-old male U.S. citizen driving a Toyota Tundra. The man was traveling eastbound on Highway 78, one mile west of Highway 86.
A Border Patrol K-9 team assigned to the 86 Checkpoint was summoned to the area. The team conducted an inspection which yielded a positive alert on the front area of the vehicle. Agents conducted a more thorough investigation and discovered a bundle of crystal methamphetamine wrapped in black cellophane inside the engine intake manifold compartment.
The crystal methamphetamine weighed 9.48 pounds and had an estimated street value of $303,000.
The man, vehicle and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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.