El Centro Sector Border Patrol Seizes Methamphetamine at Checkpoint

Salton City, California - Yesterday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 traffic checkpoint and seized 6.7 pounds of methamphetamine.

The incident occurred at approximately noon, when a 42-year-old male driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint. A canine detection team alerted to a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado as it approached the primary inspection lane. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered one black package of methamphetamine concealed within a non-factory battery compartment underneath the rear passenger seat.

The methamphetamine had a weight of 6.7 pounds and an estimated value of more than $214,000. The driver, a United States citizen, was taken into custody. The subject, vehicle, and contraband were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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