Indio, Calif. - On March 17, 2011, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station disrupted a cocaine smuggling attempt with an estimated street value of over $1.7 million.
The incident occurred at 7 p.m., when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a tractor-trailer while performing a cursory search in the primary lane of inspection at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Westmorland. Agents discovered several packages of cocaine hidden in a non-factory compartment.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 63-year-old male Mexican citizen with a valid visa, the tractor trailer, and contraband were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.