SALTON CITY â€“ Wednesday, April 22, 2015, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than one pound of cocaine concealed on her person at the Highway 86 checkpoint.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:45 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 67-year-old male driver and a 22-year-old female passenger in a silver 2013 Hyundai Sonata as they approached the checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City.
The inspecting agent referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for a closer examination. DuringÂ inspection, agents determined that the man was a paid “raitero” (unlicensed taxi) giving the woman a ride.
While in secondary, a Canine Detection team inspected the vehicle, which resulted in a positive canine alert. Â Upon further investigation, the woman admitted to agents that she had illegal substances taped to her upper thigh area.
The woman was transporting a total of two packages of cocaine.
The cocaine had a combined weight of 1.3 pounds with a value of more than $13,000.
The woman, a United States citizen and the driver a Lawfully Admitted Permanent resident and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.