SALTON CITY, CALIF.—On Friday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized 8.5 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:40 p.m., when a 22-year-old female driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A canine detection team alerted to a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus as it approached the primary inspection lane. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered 16 packages of methamphetamine concealed within the back seat of the vehicle.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 8.5 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $272,000. The female driver, a United States citizen, was taken into custody. The woman, vehicle, and contraband 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.