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Highway 86 Checkpoint Seizure Yields $1.7 Million Worth of Cocaine

Release Date: 
March 18, 2011

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 narcotics were found hidden in a non-factory compartment after a service canine alerted to the vehicle.

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station seized $1.7 million worth of cocaine from a tractor-trailer at a highway checkpoint.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017