Indio, Calif. - On March 31, Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized a cocaine shipment worth $1.4 million at the Highway 86 Checkpoint.
At approximately 11:50 a.m., a white Dodge pick-up truck approached the primary inspection area of the checkpoint when a canine team alerted to the vehicle. The driver, a 36-year-old male Mexican citizen with valid immigration documents, was referred to secondary inspection where a thorough search of his vehicle was conducted.
During the search, Border Patrol agents discovered 20 packages of cocaine concealed between the condenser and radiator of the vehicle. The cocaine packages weighed approximately 45.7 pounds with an estimated street value of $1.4 million.
The driver was placed under arrest and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the cocaine and vehicle.
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.