El Centro Sector Border Patrol Prevents Marijuana Smuggling Attempt; Arrest Four

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ec cbp picCALEXICO  – Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Calexico station seized more than 47 pounds of marijuana that were being transported in a silver Honda Accord.

At approximately 12 a.m., a Border Patrol agent operating a Remote Video Surveillance System observed two men climb over the International Boundary Fence approximately one mile east of the Highway 98/Interstate 8 Junction.

47.4 pounds of marijuana

After swimming across the All-American canal, one of the men then proceeded to run north towards a car that was stopped on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8.

The man then placed a bundle inside the car, which then drove off and made a turn onto the west bound lanes at the Brock’s Research Center Road overpass.

Border Patrol agents followed the vehicle and conducted a vehicle stop on the west bound lanes of the interstate.  Upon approaching the vehicle, agents were able to observe a bundle in the back seat of the vehicle, the bundle was immediately recognizable to the agents as a common way to transport drugs into the United States.

The agents placed the driver a 27-year-old man and passenger a 20-year-old woman, both United States citizens, under arrest and seized the vehicle and drugs.

At the same time that agents were conducting the vehicle stop, the men left behind attempted to flee into Mexico but were apprehended by Border Patrol agents.

After the men, a 38-year-old and a 23-year-old, both Mexican citizens, were arrested, Border Patrol agents discovered a bundle floating inside of the canal near the two men.

Due to the potential dangers associated with the canal’s swift current, agents required the assistance of the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) unit to retrieve the bundle inside of the canal.

The bundles tested positive for marijuana and had a total weight of 47.4 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $28,000.

The three men, the woman, the vehicle and marijuana, were turned over to High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA).

Acting Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim said, “This seizure shows the hard work of the men and women of the El Centro Sector Border Patrol, in their efforts to secure our borders and keep dangerous drugs such as these off our streets and away from our children.”

Last fiscal year El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized 5,713 pounds of marijuana.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats.  We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003