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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize Drugs and Currency

Release Date: 
December 7, 2011

Imperial County, CA. - On Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector disrupted two separate narcotics smuggling attempts and seized $16,000 in U.S. currency.

Marijuana and currency seized by El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents.

Marijuana and currency seized by El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents.

The first incident occurred around 5:00 a.m., after agents observed several individuals conducting suspicious activity north of the U.S.-Mexico border, approximately 25 miles east of Calexico, Calif. Agents investigating the incident later discovered two men hiding in the desert after tracking their footprints. An extended search of the area was conducted and more than 270 pounds of marijuana was located. The marijuana has a street value of approximately $216,000.

Both suspects, Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S., were arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the marijuana.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol seized more than 270 pounds of marijuana at an approximate street value of $216,000.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol seized more than 270 pounds of marijuana at an approximate street value of $216,000.

Later that day around 1:15 p.m., Border Patrol agents seized more than two pounds of marijuana and $16,000 in U.S. currency at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Salton City, Calif. The contraband was discovered inside a duffel bag after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a white Toyota Prius occupied by two male U.S. citizens. The marijuana was given an estimated street value of more than $1,800.

Both suspects were arrested and turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office along with the vehicle and marijuana.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017