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.
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.