SALTON CITY, CALIF.—Yesterday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 traffic checkpoint and seized 6.7 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred at approximately noon, when a 42-year-old male driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint. A canine detection team alerted to a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado as it approached the primary inspection lane. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered one black package of methamphetamine concealed within a non-factory battery compartment underneath the rear passenger seat.
The methamphetamine had a weight of 6.7 pounds and an estimated value of more than $214,000. The driver, a United States citizen, was taken into custody. The subject, vehicle, and contraband were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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.