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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Seize Methamphetamine Worth $73K Strapped to Man's Legs

Release Date: 
January 23, 2013

SALTON CITY, CALIF.—On Saturday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station arrested a man with more than $73,000 worth of methamphetamine on their person.

The incident occurred around 10:45 p.m. during a routine inspection of a commercial passenger bus at the Highway 86 checkpoint. While interviewing one of the passengers, agents asked a man to disembark the bus for further questioning.

A subsequent search of the man revealed small packages of methamphetamine wrapped in cellophane taped to the man's thighs. The packages weighed 2.3 pounds and had an estimated street value of $73,600.

The suspected drug smuggler and the methamphetamine were turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.

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 (800) 901-2003.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017