El Centro Sector Border Patrol Seizes more than $63,000 in Drugs during Bus Inspection

Salton City, California - Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a woman suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized heroin and methamphetamine.

The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m., when Border Patrol agents referred an intercity bus to secondary inspection.  During the secondary inspection a Canine Detection team alerted to the upper center portion of the bus.  An interior canine sniff was then performed and the canine alerted to two carry-on bags.  A search of the two bags revealed three packages of heroin wrapped in clear tape.

One of the passengers, a 25-year-old woman, admitted to being the owner of the two bags.  The woman voluntarily stated that she also had a small amount of “meth” in one of her bags. 

The heroin had a combined weight of approximately seven pounds with an estimated street value of $63,360.  The methamphetamine weighed approximately three grams and has an estimated street value of $227.00.

The woman, a citizen of the United States, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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