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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Seizes Ultra-Light Aircraft and $500,000 in Drugs

Release Date: 
August 29, 2013

NILAND, CALIF.—On Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized an ultra-light aircraft loaded with 189 pounds of marijuana and over 12 pounds of methamphetamine one mile west of highway 111 near Niland.

 

El Centro Sector Border Patrol seized an Ultra-light aircraft along with 189 pounds of marijuana and 12.7 pounds of methamphetamine with a combined street value of $557,920.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol seized an Ultra-light aircraft along with 189 pounds of marijuana and 12.7 pounds of methamphetamine with a combined street value of $557,920.

The incident took place at approximately 8:20 a.m., after Border Patrol agents discovered an abandoned ultra-light aircraft. Upon further inspection of the aircraft agents found packages strapped to the aircraft. No arrests were made.

Agents determined that the bundles contained marijuana, weighing 189.4 pounds, with an estimated street value of $151,520, along with 12.7 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $406,400.

The ultra-light, marijuana and methamphetamine were seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017