SALTON CITY, CALIF.—El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized approximately 18 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred on January 13, at approximately 10:10 a.m., when a male, 31-year-old, driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A canine team alerted to the vehicle, a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, and was subsequently referred to secondary inspection. Upon further investigation, agents discovered fifteen packages of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of approximately 18 pounds and an estimated street value of $576,000. The man, a citizen of Mexico with a B1/B2 Visa, was arrested as the sole suspect in the case. The suspect, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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