US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep CBP.gov current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Intercepts Drugs Thrown Over Border Fence

Release Date: 
January 11, 2012

CALEXICO, CALIF.—On Monday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station arrested three suspects attempting to smuggle illegal narcotics.

Kettlebell-like packages of marijuana.

 

 

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017