CALEXICO, CALIF.—On January 24, Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector disrupted a criminal operation that utilized a Ford F-150 pick-up truck disguised as an Imperial Irrigation District vehicle to smuggle illegal narcotics into the United States.
The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m., when Border Patrol agents monitoring remote video surveillance systems near Calexico witnessed two subjects launch a raft with several bundles of suspected narcotics into the All American Canal. The pick-up truck approached the area and the subjects proceeded to load the bundles into the bed of the truck. Once loaded, the truck drove away from the area and the two subjects returned to Mexico. A
subsequent vehicle stop on the pick-up truck yielded 15 bundles of what was later identified as marijuana, totaling 128 pounds with an estimated value of $102,936.00.
The driver, a 20-year old male Mexican citizen with a B1/B2 visa border crossing card was taken into Border Patrol custody.
The driver, pick-up truck, and marijuana 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.