Border Patrol seize drugs in desert and Andrade Port

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Calexico, Calif. – On Thursday afternoon, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Border Patrol station arrested five men smuggling over 260 pounds of marijuana into the United States.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:00 p.m., after agents tracked five men through a remote desert area. The five men illegally entered the United States from Mexico 19 miles west of the Calexico West Port of Entry.

Soon after reaching Highway 98, Border Patrol agents apprehended the five Mexican National males, along with ten packages of marijuana with a total of 264.5 pounds.

The packages of marijuana have an estimated street value of $211,600.

The five males and marijuana were turned over to the Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team for further investigation.

Andrade Port

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade port of entry yesterday discovered 38 pounds of cocaine concealed underneath the rear seat of a vehicle.

On Monday, June 17, at about :30 a.m., a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers escorted a white 2004 Toyota Tundra pick-up truck for further examination

CBP officers conducted an intensive examination of the vehicle and discovered 16 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment underneath the rear seat of the pickup truck. The street value of the narcotic is estimated at approximately $456,000.

The driver, a 22-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Somerton, Arizona, was arrested and transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment in federal court for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.