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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Seizes Marijuana Valued Over $190K

Release Date: 
May 24, 2012

Calexico, Calif. - On Tuesday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station seized 238 pounds of marijuana with the help of Remote Video Surveillance Systems (RVSS).

Agents recovered the three backpacks filled with bundles of marijuana.

Agents recovered the three backpacks filled with bundles of marijuana.

The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m., after agents operating the RVSS observed two subjects attempting to swim across the All American Canal, each towing a large backpack. Both subjects appeared to be having difficulty swimming and towing their backpack; one subject finally abandoned his pack and swam to the north bank of the canal. Agents safely apprehended both subjects and recovered the three backpacks filled with bundles of marijuana.

Both men Mexican citizens' ages 39 and 47 are present in the U.S. illegally. The packages of marijuana weighed approximately 238 pounds with an estimated street value of $190,800 dollars. Border Patrol agents transferred the illegal aliens and marijuana to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017