SALTON CITY, Calif. –El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler after discovering packages of heroin hidden inside his shoes on Wednesday.
The incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 23-year-old man on a commercial passenger bus at the Highway 86 checkpoint.
Agents referred the bus driver to secondary inspection area for an immigration check. During the immigration inspection Border Patrol agents noticed the man’s nervous demeanor. A pat-down of the man led to the discovery of two packages of heroin.
The heroin had a combined weight of 1.25 pounds with an estimated street value of about $15,000.
The man, a United States citizen, and the narcotics were turned over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
“The agents of the El Centro Sector Border Patrol play a vital role in our agencies efforts to safeguard our nation’s borders. Their vigilance and ability to adapt to the ever changing tactics used by criminal organizations is truly amazing,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal.
Last fiscal year, El Centro Sector seized more than 186 pounds of heroin.
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.
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.