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El Centro Sector CBP U.S. Border Patrol Intercepts Drugs Tossed Over Border Fence

Release Date: 
May 9, 2012

Calexico, Calif. - On Monday, CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station arrested two suspects attempting to smuggle illegal drugs concealed in tape wrapped packages.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m., after Border Patrol agents conducting surveillance near Downtown Calexico observed several suspicious packages being thrown over the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Agents then observed two individuals, a 17-year-old male and 18-year-old male, gather the packages and hide them in the laundry room of a nearby apartment complex.

Border Patrol agents responding to the incident subsequently discovered multiple packages of suspected narcotics inside. The two individuals were found hiding in a nearby apartment building and placed under arrest. Both individuals were identified as United States citizens.

In total, three packages of marijuana weighing approximately five pounds were seized with an estimated street value of more than $4,000. The case was turned over to the Calexico Police Department and the marijuana was seized by the Imperial Valley Narcotics Task Force.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017