Ocotillo Wells, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station foiled an illegal narcotics smuggling attempt during a vehicle stop and seized over 9 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred yesterday morning, when Border Patrol agents stopped a 28-years-old male U.S. citizen driving a Toyota Tundra. The man was traveling eastbound on Highway 78, one mile west of Highway 86.
A Border Patrol K-9 team assigned to the 86 Checkpoint was summoned to the area. The team conducted an inspection which yielded a positive alert on the front area of the vehicle. Agents conducted a more thorough investigation and discovered a bundle of crystal methamphetamine wrapped in black cellophane inside the engine intake manifold compartment.
The crystal methamphetamine weighed 9.48 pounds and had an estimated street value of $303,000.
The man, vehicle and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
Calexico, Calif. –These five burlap sacks contained ten packages of marijuana. The marijuana had a combined weight of 265.7 pounds, an estimated street value of $212,000.
These five burlap sacks contained ten packages of marijuana. The marijuana had a combined weight of 265.7 pounds, an estimated street value of $212,000.
Yesterday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Border Patrol station arrested six men smuggling on their backs 265 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
The incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m., after agents observed the men entering the United States from Mexico 18 miles west of the Calexico West Port of Entry. Agents tracked the men through a remote desert area near Highway 98.
Border Patrol agents apprehended the six males, along with five burlap sacks containing ten packages of marijuana. The marijuana had a combined weight of 265.7 pounds, an estimated street value of $212,000.
The six men, identified as Mexican nationals, and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.