SALTON CITY – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler Friday after discovering more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine hidden on his body.
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a 19-year-old man for transporting 6.2 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at more than $60,000. The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 19-year-old man on a commercial passenger bus at the Highway 86 checkpoint.
Agents referred the bus driver to secondary inspection area for a passenger immigration check. During the inspection, Border Patrol agents noticed a man wearing a sweater despite sweating profusely. Upon further inspection of the man, agents discovered a package taped to his abdomen containing what was later identified as methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 6.2 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $60,000.
The man and the narcotics were turned over to the custody of Drug Enforcement Administration agents for further investigation.
El Centro Sector Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue Team Saves Distressed Man
OCOTILLO – Sunday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents with the Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team rescued a distressed man who had become lost in the desert while attempting to illegally enter the United States.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m., when Border Patrol Radio Dispatch received a call from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) advising them of a 911 distress call from an individual that was lost in the mountains. The man told the ICSO dispatcher his name and that he was a citizen of Mexico who had crossed illegally into the United States.
Shortly after midnight, a BORSTAR agent picked up a trail during a systematic search, and located a man in the mountains south of Ocotillo. BORSTAR agents confirmed that he was the caller in distress and performed a medical evaluation.
The man did not require any medical attention and was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station for further processing.
Agents confirmed that the 42-year-old man was a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States and will be processed for Expedited Removal and returned to Mexico.
Last fiscal year, El Centro Sector rescued more than 18 lives.