SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man and woman suspected of drug smuggling Saturday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m., when a silver 2007 Jeep Commander approached the checkpoint on Highway 86 driven by a 37-year-old man who was accompanied by his wife and 5-year-old son.
While the man was being questioned during primary inspection, a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the undercarriage of the Jeep. Agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for further examination.
Agents conducted a thorough search of the jeep and noticed that the front driver seat had been tampered with. Agents soon discovered six bundles of narcotics wrapped in clear cellophane hidden within the seat.
The content of the concealed packages tested positive for cocaine and had a combined weight of 14.55 pounds with an estimated street value of $218,250.
The man, woman and child, all Mexican citizens, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2017, El Centro Sector has seized more than 380 pounds of cocaine.