Border Patrol seizes more than $500,000 worth of meth at checkpo

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Border Patrol seizes more than $500,000 worth of meth at checkpoint

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Web Reporter: Lucy Valencia, Assignment Desk Editor

 

SALTON CITY, Calif. El Centro Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a drug smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized approximately 18 pounds of methamphetamine.

At around 10 a.m. on January 13, a 31-year-old man drove up to the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. 

The man's 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix was referred to secondary inspection after a canine team alerted agents. 

Upon further investigation, agents discovered 15 packages of methamphetamine hidden in the car.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of approximately 18 pounds and an estimated street value of $576,000. 

The man, a citizen of Mexico with a B1/B2 Visa, was arrested as the sole suspect in the case.

The suspect, vehicle, and meth were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

 

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