CHIRIACO SUMMIT, Calif. – Tuesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than nine pounds of narcotics concealed within a vehicle.
The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m., when Border Patrol agents stopped a 20-year-old man driving a blue 2000 Ford Explorer near Interstate 10 and Hayfield Road. A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle; the vehicle was transported to the Indio Station for further inspection.
During the inspection, agents discovered five vacuum-sealed packages of methamphetamine and heroin hidden within the fuel tank of the vehicle. The narcotics had a combined weight of 9.69 pounds with an estimated street value of $81,630.
The man, a Mexican national, the vehicle and the 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.