Salton City, Calif.—El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler Wednesday and seized more than nine pounds of methamphetamine, concealed in an aftermarket compartment.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m., when Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station encountered a 36-year-old man, a citizen of Mexico possessing a Border Crossing Card. The man was driving a white 2000 Ford F-250 pick-up truck as he approached the Highway 86 checkpoint.
A Border Patrol Canine Detection team screened the vehicle. The canine alerted, and agents referred the driver for further inspection. During the inspection, agents discovered one plastic wrapped package of methamphetamine, weighing 9.88 pounds and worth an estimated $316,160, inside an aftermarket compartment inside the intake manifold.
Border Patrol agents turned the man, methamphetamines, and vehicle 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.