Salton City, Calif. - In one day, U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the El Centro Sector thwarted two drug body carrier attempts worth approximately $477,000.
The first incident occurred Tuesday around 6 a.m., when Border Patrol Agents searched a white Cadillac Sedan De Ville at the Highway 111 Checkpoint. The driver, a 60-year old man and his two passengers were referred to secondary inspection where a thorough search was conducted of the vehicle. During the inspection it was revealed that one of the passengers was carrying two vacuumed sealed packages of methamphetamine and heroin on his person. The illegal narcotics weighed approximately 2.2 pounds and were given an estimated street value of more than $70,680.
That same day at approximately 4 p.m., Border Patrol agents conducted a routine inspection of a commercial passenger bus at the Highway 86 Checkpoint. While interviewing passengers, a 17-year-old male was found to be carrying seven vacuum-sealed packages of methamphetamine taped to his torso, thighs and calves. All seven packages weighed approximately 12.7 pounds and were given an estimate street value of more than $406,400.
All suspects were placed under arrest and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the Cadillac sedan and methamphetamine.
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.