SALTON CITY, CALIF.—On Friday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected narcotic smuggler and seized over $665,000 worth of illegal narcotics concealed within a sport utility vehicle.
Border Patrol agents encountered a 23-year-old female driving a grey 2006 Dodge Durango with BC Mexico plates at
approximately 12:00 p.m., as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A Border Patrol Canine Detection Team alerted to the vehicle and referred the driver to secondary for further inspection. During the inspection agents discovered 16 wrapped packages of methamphetamines hidden inside a non-factory compartment under the vehicle's rear passenger seat. The methamphetamines had a combined weight of 20.8 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $665,000.
The woman, a citizen of Mexico and a B1/B2 Visa Border Crosser card holder, was arrested.
The suspected smuggler, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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.