SALTON SEA, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine Wednesday evening.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m., when a woman driving a black Chevrolet Blazer approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle as it waited in the traffic lane. Agents directed the vehicle aside for further investigation.
During their inspection, agents discovered four vacuum-sealed packages of suspected narcotics hidden inside of two car battery boosters and two power converters located inside the vehicle. The crystal-like substance inside of the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. Agents arrested the driver and held her for further processing.
The total weight of the methamphetamine was approximately 15 pounds with an estimated value of $33,750.
El Centro Sector turned over the driver, a 19-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle and the narcotics to U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.