El Centro Sector Border Patrol Halts Smuggling Attempt Seizing More Than $81,000 in Narcotics

Chiriaco, California -  Tuesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than nine pounds of narcotics concealed within a vehicle.

The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m., when Border Patrol agents stopped a 20-year-old man driving a blue 2000 Ford Explorer near Interstate 10 and Hayfield Road.  A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle; the vehicle was transported to the Indio Station for further inspection.

During the inspection, agents discovered five vacuum-sealed packages of methamphetamine and heroin hidden within the fuel tank of the vehicle.  The narcotics had a combined weight of 9.69 pounds with an estimated street value of $81,630. 

The man, a Mexican national, the vehicle and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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