SALTON CITY, CALIF.—Yesterday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than seven pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $235,000, concealed in an axle of a tow dolly.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:10 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 46-year-old man, and citizen of Mexico, driving a white 2001 Ford F-150 pick-up truck towing a tow dolly as he approached the Highway 86 checkpoint.
A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle and referred the driver to secondary for further inspection. During the inspection agents discovered 12 packages of methamphetamines strung together with fishing line hidden inside the axle of the tow dolly.
The suspected smuggler was arrested, the vehicle was seized, and they were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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.