CALEXICO, CALIF.—On Monday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station arrested three suspects attempting to smuggle illegal narcotics.
The incident occurred around 5:45 a.m., after Border Patrol agents conducting surveillance near Downtown Calexico observed several suspicious packages being thrown over the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Agents then observed two individuals, a 19-year-old female and 23-year-old male, gather the packages and loaded them into a nearby vehicle.
Agents responding to the incident subsequently pulled over the vehicle and discovered multiple kettlebell-like packages of suspected narcotics inside. The driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old female, was placed under arrest along with the other two suspects. All three individuals were identified as U.S. citizens.
In total, 10 packages of marijuana weighing approximately 13 pounds were seized. The street value of the illegal narcotics is estimated at more than $10,000. The drugs were turned over to the Imperial Valley Narcotics Task Force along with the vehicle and suspects involved in the incident.
The El Centro Sector Border Patrol encourages the public to report suspicious activity near the border by using the following toll-free number: (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.