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U.S. Border Patrol Seizes $2.7 Million in 3 Narcotics Seizures at Highway 86 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
March 30, 2010

Indio, Calif. - Indio Station agents conducting checkpoint operations at the Highway 86 checkpoint seized three narcotics loads this past weekend.

The first seizure occurred on Friday at approximately 9 p.m. when a black sport-utility vehicle was sent to the secondary inspection area after a U.S. Border Patrol canine team alerted agents to the possible presence of contraband within the vehicle. During a subsequent search, agents discovered a package hidden within the vehicle's engine compartment. The package contained methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $326,000.

During a vehicle search, a package containing methamphetamine was discovered hidden in the engine compartment of a black sport-utility vehicle.

During a vehicle search, a package containing methamphetamine was discovered hidden in the engine compartment of a black sport-utility vehicle.

The second incident occurred on Saturday at approximately 6 p.m. when a canine team alerted agents to the potential presence of contraband within a red sedan. A subsequent non-intrusive scan of the vehicle using a large-scale imaging system revealed several anomalies in the rear seat area of the vehicle. Agents searched the area and found numerous bundles of marijuana concealed in a hidden compartment underneath the rear seat. The marijuana has an estimated street value of more than $39,000.

During a vehicle search several cellophane-wrapped packages of cocaine were discovered underneath the rear passenger seat of blue sport-utility vehicle.

During a vehicle search several cellophane-wrapped packages of cocaine were discovered underneath the rear passenger seat of blue sport-utility vehicle.

The final seizure occurred late Sunday evening after a canine team alerted agents to the possible presence of contraband within a blue SUV. An anomaly was detected underneath the rear passenger seat of the vehicle during a non-intrusive scan using a large-scale imaging system. Agents searched the area and discovered several cellophane-wrapped packages. The packages which contained cocaine have an estimated street value of more than $2.35 million.

The drivers from the Friday and Sunday seizures, the two SUV's, the methamphetamine, and cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The driver, red sedan, and marijuana from Saturday's seizure were turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017