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.
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.