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El Centro Sector Border Patrol Take Down Drive-Thru Attempt in Desert

Release Date: 
September 10, 2014

937 pounds of Marijuana worth over $500K seized

CALEXICO, Calif. —Today, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector prevented a drug smuggling attempt resulting of a seizure of 937 pounds of marijuana.

900 pounds of marijuana valued at more than a half a million dollars.

900 pounds of marijuana valued at more than a half a million dollars.

The incident occurred at around 1:47 a.m., when camera operators spotted a 2001 Dodge Durango heading north across the United States/Mexico boundary.  The vehicle then changed directions and attempted to abscond back into Mexico.  The driver stopped by vehicle barricades west of the Calexico Port of Entry.  The person exited the vehicle along with another occupant and ran back into Mexico. 

It was later determined that the vehicle had driven across the border by moving a barricade east of Mt. Signal Road.

Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 42 bundles of marijuana stuffed in the back of the vehicle.  Agents seized the marijuana, which has with an estimated street value of $562,200.

U.S. Border Patrol agents turned the vehicle and marijuana 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 1-800-901-2003.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017