Border Patrol Finds Narcotics Concealed in Vehicle
SALTON CITY â€“ El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man suspected of drug smuggling after discovering more than $700,000 worth of heroin and cocaine were discovered in his vehicle on Saturday.
The incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered the driver of a 2002 Jeep Wrangler at the checkpoint.
A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle and agents referred the driver to secondary for further investigation.Â After an intensive search agents discovered a false compartment located underneath the cargo area of the vehicle.Â The compartment contained 20 packages of heroin and cocaine.
The heroin had a combined weight of 15.8 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $189,000.Â The cocaine had a combined weight of 32.7 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $523,000.
The man, a 21-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
Last fiscal year, El Centro Sector seized more than 186 pounds of heroin and 148 pounds of cocaine.
Border Patrol Rescues Man Stuck in Trunk
CALEXICO â€“ El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station rescued an undocumented alien from the trunk of a vehicle in downtown Calexico on Sunday.
The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m., when Border Patrol agents searched for a man that earlier made an illegal entry.Â An unidentified male approached the south side of the border fence and informed agents that a man was inside the trunk of a 1994 Honda Prelude parked near the 700 block of E. Second Street.
Agents approached the car and knocked on the trunk of the car to verify if there was anyone inside.Â The agents heard a faint voice emitted from the trunk ask for help.Â Border Patrol agents called the Calexico Fire Department for assistance.Â While the fire department was en route, the agents broke the carâ€™s window and triggered the trunk release latch and extracted a 22-year-old Mexican man
Agents rendered aid to the man until emergency medical services arrived.
The man was treated for heat exhaustion and refused any further medical treatment.
The man was taken to the Calexico Border Patrol Station for processing and later returned to Mexico.
The vehicle was seized for alien smuggling.
Last fiscal year, El Centro SectorÂ had 14,511 apprehensions.
The El Centro Sectorâ€™s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats.Â We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe.Â Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.