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.
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.