July 8, 2013
On Friday morning, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized 25 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred about 5 a.m., when a 54-year-old male approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A canine team alerted to the vehicle, a 1995 Isuzu Trooper, which was subsequently referred to secondary inspection. Upon further investigation, agents discovered six packages of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of approximately 25 pounds and an estimated street value of $800,000. The man, a U.S. citizen, was arrested as the sole suspect in the case.
The suspect, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.