EL CENTRO, CALIF—El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents prevented several smuggling attempts during the weekend resulting in the seizure of more than $1.1 million in drugs.
The most significant event of the weekend occurred on Sunday when U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station seized a vehicle loaded with more than $700,000 worth of marijuana near Mount Signal.
At approximately 4 a.m., a seismic intrusion device was activated and Border Patrol agents responded to the area where they encountered a green 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling north from the United States/Mexico International Boundary. The vehicle then traveled westbound along the barricades when it drove into a turnaround. The driver and passenger abandoned the vehicle and absconded back into Mexico. Agents found 39 bundles of marijuana with a combined weight of 877.8 pounds. The vehicle and marijuana were seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Another smuggling attempt occurred on Friday at the Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City when agents from the Indio Station and a canine team apprehended a 19-year-old man during a bus inspection. The man had 10.5 pounds of cocaine in his possession. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $338,000.
Also on Friday U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station apprehended four men attempting to smuggle approximately 72 pounds of marijuana strapped on their backs. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $57,000. The men and the marijuana were turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.
A couple days later, Indio Station agents and a canine team assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint apprehended a man on a Crucero Bus. The man had heroin concealed in the soles of both shoes. The total weight of the heroin was 1.94 pounds with an estimated street value of $62,000.
The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.
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.