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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Halts Smuggling Attempt of Nearly $500,000 of Narcotics at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
January 29, 2014

Salton City, Calif. Today, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than 26 pounds of methamphetamine and 17 pounds of cocaine, concealed in an aftermarket compartment.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:20 a.m., when Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station encountered a 1994 Plymouth Voyager as it approached the Highway 86 checkpoint.  The driver was a 24-year-old man, and citizen of Mexico, legally in the country. 

A Border Patrol Canine Detection team screened the vehicle.  The canine alerted, and agents referred the driver to secondary for a more thorough inspection.  During the inspection, agents discovered several wrapped packages of methamphetamine, weighing 26.45 pounds worth an estimated $317,400.  During further inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered several wrapped packages of cocaine, weighing 17.91 pounds worth an estimated $179,100.

Border Patrol agents turned the man, narcotics, and vehicle over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021