January 17, 2014
SALTON CITY– Border Patrol agents seized about 34 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint on Wednesday.
Around 5:30 a.m., U.S. citizen David Gonzalez, 44, of Mexicali approached the checkpoint driving a gray 1994 Jeep Cherokee, according to the court complaint.
A Border Patrol Canine Detection Team alerted to the vehicle, and it was referred to secondary inspection. During inspection, agents found 32 packages containing a total of about 34 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $670,080.
After being read his rights, Gonzalez said he was to be paid $3,000 to transport the narcotics from Mexicali to an Indio Greyhound station where he was to leave the keys in the vehicle’s gas cap compartment and return on a bus, according to the court complaint.
Gonzalez was taken into custody and, along with the vehicle and narcotics, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.