SALTON CITY, CALIF.—Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station seized a substantial amount of methamphetamine at the Highway 111 Border Patrol checkpoint near Salton City.
The incident occurred around 8:40 p.m., after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a Nissan Sentra. The driver was referred for an intensive examination, during which where agents, using a large scale imaging system, scanned the vehicle and observed several anomalies. Upon further inspection, agents discovered six packages of methamphetamine inside a hidden compartment. The illegal narcotics weighed approximately 11 pounds, with an estimated street value of $366,000.
The driver, a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and narcotics.