SALTON CITY, CALIF.—El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized approximately 3.1 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred on March 18, at approximately 8:00 p.m., when Border Patrol agents referred a travel bus to secondary inspection. Upon further inspection agents questioned a 21-year-old male passenger, and discovered two vacuumed sealed packages strapped to his inner thighs.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of approximately 3.1 pounds and an estimated value of $99,000. The man, a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident was arrested as the sole suspect in the case. The suspect and narcotics were turned 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 (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.