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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Intercepts Smuggling Attempt, Uncover $1 Million in Meth

Release Date: 
August 7, 2013

SALTON CITY, CALIF.—Today, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized 34 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a compartment within his vehicle.


Meth packages hidden within Jeep Wrangler.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrest a suspected drug smuggler and seize 34.6 pounds of methamphetamines with an estimated street value of $1,089,920.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:40 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 25-year-old male driving a red 1995 Jeep Wrangler as he approached the Highway 86 checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and referred the driver to secondary for further inspection. During the inspection agents discovered 16 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a large compartment built into the rear bed of the Jeep.

The methamphetamines had a combined weight of 34.6 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,089,920.

The suspected smuggler, a United States Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident card holder, was taken into custody. The man, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017