CALEXICO– Wednesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station arrested a Mexican juvenile for suspected drug smuggling as he attempted to flee back into Mexico near the Buttercup Sand Dunes.
At approximately 9:30 p.m., Border Patrol agents observed four people carrying large bundles on their backs. Soon after, agents responded to the area. The individuals dropped their bundles and attempted to flee back into Mexico.
One person, a 17-year-old male, was caught and arrested just north of the border fence. Agents found 10 large bundles of marijuana in close proximity to him.
The marijuana bundles had a combined total weight of 253.41 pounds and have an estimated value of more than $152,000.
The man and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
Border Patrol Agents Nab Drug Load at Checkpoint
At approximately 10:15 a.m., agents at the checkpoint encountered a 48-year-old man driving a 2007 silver Mazda CX-9. A K-9 team conducted a cursory sniff of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert.
Agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for a more thorough examination. Border Patrol agents discovered eight packages containing cocaine and five containing methamphetamine hidden inside a non-factory compartment.
The cocaine weighed 22.4 pounds and has an estimated street value of $291,200. The methamphetamine weighed seven pounds and has an estimated street value of $70,100.
The man was arrested and faces Federal charges. The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.