SALTON CITY, CALIF.—On Saturday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized approximately 4.5 pounds of heroin.
The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m., when Border Patrol agents referred a tour bus to secondary inspection. Agents questioned an 18-year-old male passenger and discovered two vacuum-sealed packages of heroin strapped to his waistband. The heroin had a combined weight of approximately 4.5 pounds with an estimated street value of $144,000.
The man, a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident, was taken into custody without incident. The man and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please 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.