Indio, Calif. - Early this morning, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station interdicted a marijuana smuggling attempt with an estimated value of nearly $140,000.
At approximately 12:40 a.m., a tractor-trailer being driven by a Mexican citizen who was determined to be illegally present in the United States approached the primary inspection lane of the Highway 86 checkpoint. A canine team performed a cursory inspection and alerted to the front end of the trailer. The tractor-trailer was then referred to the secondary inspection area. During a subsequent search, agents discovered several cellophane wrapped packages containing marijuana in hidden within the cargo of spoiled watermelons.
The driver, tractor-trailer, 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.