WESTMORLAND, CALIF.—On March 11, 2012, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized a substantial amount of cocaine at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Westmorland.
The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m., after a Border Patrol Canine Team performed a cursory search that alerted to a white Chevrolet utility-truck. Agents used a large scale imaging system to scan the vehicle which revealed several anomalies within three utility-truck tires located on the bed of the truck. The anomalies led agents to investigate further.
The agents discovered 82 sealed packages of cocaine weighing approximately 230 pounds, within the tires. The cocaine was given an estimated street value of more than $7.3 million. The driver, a 25-year-old male United States citizen was arrested.
The driver, narcotics and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.