27 June 2013
Salton City, California – On Friday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized 8.5 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:40 p.m., when a 22-year-old female driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A canine detection team alerted to a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus as it approached the primary inspection lane. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered 16 packages of methamphetamine concealed within the back seat of the vehicle.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 8.5 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $272,000. The female driver, a United States citizen, was taken into custody. The woman, vehicle, and contraband were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.