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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Foils Smuggling attempt of over $665,000 in Methamphetamines

Release Date: 
June 10, 2013

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

Agents discovered 16 wrapped packages of methamphetamines valued at more than $665,000.

Agents discovered 16 wrapped packages of methamphetamines valued at more than $665,000.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017