Westmorland, Calif. - On April 11, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized a substantial amount of heroin and methamphetamine at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Westmorland.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:00 p.m., after a Border Patrol Canine Team performed a cursory search that alerted to a blue Chevrolet pick-up. Agents searched inside the vehicle's engine compartment and discovered a brick shaped package containing heroin and a bag filled with methamphetamine.
The amount of narcotics seized was approximately three pounds of heroin and five pounds of methamphetamine resulting in a total estimated street value of $259,000. The driver of the Chevrolet pick-up, an adult male United States citizen was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and narcotics.
The El Centro Border Patrol's "See Something, Say Something" Campaign is a simple and effective program to increase the safety and welfare of the Imperial Valley by bringing public awareness to the indicators of crime and other threats. The community plays a key role keeping our country safe by identifying and reporting suspicious or criminal activity. We encourage Imperial Valley residents to 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.