CALEXICOâ€“Â 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.Â Soon after, agents responded to the area. Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â The methamphetamine weighed seven pounds and has an estimated street value of $70,100.
The man was arrested and faces Federal charges.Â The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.Â The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.