Niland, Calif. – Border Patrol agents from El Centro, Calif. yesterday arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than four pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.
The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 48-year-old male driving a white 2006 Chevrolet Silverado as he approached the Highway 111 checkpoint located near Niland, Calif. A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred to secondary for further inspection.
During the inspection agents discovered four individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden within the cab of the vehicle. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 4.84 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $58,080. The methamphetamine seizure was the second seizure of the day for the checkpoint, agents working in the early morning hours seized more than 13 pounds.
The driver, a naturalized United States citizen, was taken into custody. The subject, vehicle, and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.