CALIPATRIA, CALIF.—Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized 230 pounds of marijuana that was dropped by an ultra-light aircraft.
Border Patrol agents were notified at approximately 11 p.m. by the CBP Air and Marine Operations Center of a possible ultra-light traveling north from the United States/Mexico border fence, approximately five miles west of Calexico. Border Patrol agents responded to the last known location indicated by Air and Marine Operators. While conducting surveillance of the area, agents observed a black GMC Sierra truck with visible packages inside the cab and a metal cage in the bed of the truck. Metal cages are frequently used for dropping narcotics from ultra-light aircrafts. Agents conducted a vehicle stop and discovered ten packages of Marijuana, weighing over 230 pounds, with an estimated value of over $184,000.
The individual, vehicle, and marijuana were seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.