SALTON CITY, CALIF.—On Sunday, El Centro sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m., when a 43-year-old female driver and her 16-year-old son approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A canine detection team alerted to the 1998 Toyota Camry as it approached the primary inspection lane. The vehicle was promptly referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered ten packages of methamphetamine concealed within an aftermarket compartment underneath the back seat.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 10.4 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $332,000. The female driver, a citizen of Mexico with a B1/B2 Visa, was taken into custody without incident. The driver, vehicle and contraband were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
Vigilance to duty combined with canine teams strengthens the Border Patrol's layered strategy of interdicting illegal drugs and contraband from reaching the interior of the United States.
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.