EL CENTRO, CALIF—Over the weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector arrested one suspect smuggling marijuana worth more than $840,000 across the U.S.-Mexico border.
The incident occurred after Border Patrol agents operating the remote video surveillance system observed a vehicle illegally entering the United States. Border Patrol agents responding to the area apprehended one subject, and seized a stolen Nissan Sport Utility vehicle and 89 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed approximately 1,057 pounds and was given an estimated street value of $846,000.
The driver, a 43-year-old male Mexican citizen, was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the marijuana and stolen vehicle.
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.