SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a man at the Highway 86 checkpoint suspected of drug smuggling after agents discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the frame of his vehicle on Saturday.
The incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m., after a 21-year-old man approached the checkpoint driving a 2010 Nissan Altima.
A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents referred the man to secondary for a closer examination. After an intensive search agents discovered 22 cylindrical shaped packages of methamphetamine stuffed inside the car’s frame near the rear wheel well.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 25.3 pounds with an estimated street value of $253,000.
The man, a United States Citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2014, El Centro Sector seized more than 445 pounds of 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.