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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Seizes Methamphetamine at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
June 19, 2013

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.


Methamphetamine located inside non-factory compartment within a vehicle battery

Border Patrol agents in neaer El Centro seize methamphetamine at traffic checkpoint

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.


Border Patrol Agents neaer El Centro seize meth at traffic checkpoint

Meth seizure near el Centro, Calif. leads to arrest of driver

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017