El Centro Sector Border Patrol Halts Smuggling Attempt of $316,000 of Methamphetamines

Salton City, California - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler Wednesday and seized more than nine pounds of methamphetamine, concealed in an aftermarket compartment.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m., when Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station encountered a 36-year-old man, a citizen of Mexico possessing a Border Crossing Card. The man was driving a white 2000 Ford F-250 pick-up truck as he approached the Highway 86 checkpoint.

A Border Patrol Canine Detection team screened the vehicle. The canine alerted, and agents referred the driver for further inspection. During the inspection, agents discovered one plastic wrapped package of methamphetamine, weighing 9.88 pounds and worth an estimated $316,160, inside an aftermarket compartment inside the intake manifold.

Border Patrol agents turned the man, methamphetamines, and vehicle over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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