Niland, Calif. - Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector arrested a 40-year-old female and 19-year-old male after more than $1,049,000 worth of methamphetamine was discovered in their vehicle.
The arrest took place at approximately 9:45 a.m., after Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station conducted a search of a silver Mazda 6 sedan at the Highway 111 Checkpoint near Niland. During the search, agents discovered a hidden compartment with 22 sealed packages of narcotics. The substance inside the packages tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately 33 pounds.
The female driver, a Mexican national with valid immigration documents, and male passenger, a U.S. citizen, were arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and methamphetamine.
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.