SALTON CITY, Calif. – Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station checkpoint arrested a man, for suspected drug smuggling after discovering more than 31 pounds of cocaine in the 1999 Jeep Cherokee he was driving.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., Border Patrol Agents referred the man to secondary inspection where a canine sniff was conducted on the Jeep.
The canine alerted to the rear bench seat of the vehicle where 12 aluminum foil wrapped packages with a combined weight of 31.1 pounds were located. The content of the packages tested positive for cocaine and have an estimated value of more than $404,300.00
The man, a Mexican citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
Last fiscal year, El Centro Sector seized more than 148 pounds of cocaine.
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.