SALTON CITY â€“Â El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine on Tuesday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m., after a 37-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a gold 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe.
Border Patrol agents referred the man to secondary inspection for further examination of his immigration status.
At secondary inspection, a canine team alerted to the side of the vehicle.Â Agents investigated further and discovered 20 packages concealed in the Chevroletâ€™s quarter panels.Â The packages were examined and tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
â€œCriminal organizations are constantly working to defeat our detection techniques,â€ said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim. â€œThis is great work performed by Border Patrol agents who diligently safeguard our communities from the dangers of drugs.â€
The man, a Legal Permanent Resident, the vehicle, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.