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Agents Seize Narcotics at Checkpoint

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man attempting to smuggle fentanyl and methamphetamine through the Highway 86 checkpoint on April 20. The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., when a man driving a blue 2011 Freightliner Cascadia semi-truck approached the... — Updated 5/6/2021

 

Border Patrol Captures Sex Offender

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested an undocumented immigrant on April 13 with a prior conviction for a sexual assault. The incident occurred at around 9 p.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man who illegally entered... — Updated 5/4/2021

 

MS-13 Gang Member Arrested at Checkpoint

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested an MS-13 gang member on April 15. The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m., when an agent assigned to the Indio Station performed a vehicle stop on a 2005 Honda Odyssey near the intersection of Spa Road... — Updated 5/4/2021

 

Agents Seize Meth at Checkpoint

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a woman and two men attempting to smuggle methamphetamine through the immigration checkpoint April 1. The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m., when a white Kia Optima approached the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint. Agents... — Updated 4/19/2021

 

Border Patrol Seizes Over $300,000 Worth of Drugs

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man attempting to smuggle fentanyl, heroin and cocaine through the immigration checkpoint April 4. The incident occurred at approximately 2 p.m., when a white Honda Odyssey approached the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint. Agents... — Updated 4/19/2021

 

Valentine's Day Weekend Seizures

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately $364,840 in illegal narcotics over the Valentine’s Day weekend in four separate events. The first incident occurred Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m., when a burgundy Dodge Journey approached the Highway 111 Immigration Checkpoint.... — Updated 3/27/2021

 

Tractor-Trailer Smuggling

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling eight undocumented immigrants on Feb. 26. The incident occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m., when a man driving a semi tractor-trailer hauling a reefer... — Updated 3/19/2021

 

Human Smuggling

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested two men suspected of smuggling 24 undocumented immigrants on Feb. 21. The incident occurred at approximately 11:35 a.m., when two men driving two separate trucks approached the... — Updated 3/17/2021

 

3.8-Magnitude Earthquake

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit just southeast of the Salton Sea on Feb. 9, accompanied by a series of smaller quakes. The quake hit at around 5 p.m. west-northwest of Calipatria at a depth of about two miles. There were more than a dozen smaller quakes in the area registered... — Updated 2/19/2021

 

Two Separate Attempts

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin in two separate smuggling attempts Jan. 23. The first incident occurred around 8:58 a.m., when a commercial transport passenger van approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. Agents directed the van... — Updated 2/4/2021

 

Vehicle Stolen, Drugs Found

Border Patrol agents seized a stolen vehicle and arrested a man with a warrant at the Highway 86 checkpoint on Jan. 16. The incident happened around 9:04 p.m. when a man driving a white GMC Yukon along with a woman approached the checkpoint. Border Patrol agents waived the driver... — Updated 2/4/2021

 

Meth Seized by Border Patrol

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine on Jan. 13. The incident occurred at 10 a.m., when a commercial passenger bus approached the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City. Agents directed the bus aside for further investigation. After the driver gave agents... — Updated 2/4/2021

 

Border Patrol Assist ICSO with Stolen Vehicle Recovery

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assisted the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department (ICSO) in arresting a man and recovering a stolen vehicle on Jan. 7. The incident occurred at approximately 3:40 p.m., when El Centro Sector Radio Communications dispatch notified Indio... — Updated 2/4/2021

 

Armed Smugglers Arrested

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested armed smugglers attempting to smuggle two people on Jan. 4. The incident occurred at approximately 6:15 p.m., when a male driver along with a passenger in a silver BMW approached the Highway 111 checkpoint. During an immigration... — Updated 1/21/2021

 

Man Busted for Meth

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents busted a man on Dec. 21 for meth that was taped to his body. The incident occurred a little after 8 p.m. at the Highway 86 checkpoint when a man and a woman in a white truck approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 team alerted agents... — Updated 1/6/2021

 

Meth Discovered in Cooler

Border Patrol agents found packages of methamphetamine hidden in coolers at the Highway 86 checkpoint. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the incident happened on Dec. 8. A man driving a white Hyundai Sonata was sent to secondary inspection after a canine alerted agents to... — Updated 12/31/2020

 

Couple Arrested for Meth

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine the morning of December 7, according to a press release. The incident occurred at approximately 4:25 a.m., when a 41-year-old female and a 42-year-old male in a black Acura TL approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A... — Updated 12/31/2020

 

Man Busted for Meth

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents busted a man on Dec. 21 for meth that was taped to his body. The incident occurred a little after 8 p.m. at the Highway 86 checkpoint when a man and a woman in a white truck approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 team alerted agents... — Updated 12/25/2020

 

Sex Offender Arrested

El Centro Sector agents arrested a sex offender after illegally entering the United States on Dec. 7. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said agents saw the man entering 29 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry. The agents arrested him and took him the nearest rally point for... — Updated 12/15/2020

 

Stolen Car, Drugs Intercepted

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint recovered a stolen vehicle and seized marijuana on Nov. 21, according to a press release by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The incident occurred at approximately 1:50 p.m., when a woman driving a silver... — Updated 12/9/2020

 

Technology Assists in Meth Seizure

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine Saturday Nov. 14, according to a press release. The incident occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m., when a man driving a gold Mercedes-Benz sedan approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. Agents directed the vehicle aside for... — Updated 12/5/2020

 

Two Women Arrested

Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested two women attempting to smuggle methamphetamine Nov. 11. The incident occurred at around 10 p.m., when a woman driving a silver Chrysler Sebring along with a female passenger approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9... — Updated 12/1/2020

 

$225K in Drugs Confiscated

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized about $225K worth of methamphetamine Nov. 4. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m., when a man driving a burgundy Buick sedan approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle... — Updated 11/18/2020

 

Distressed Men Rescued

Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector successfully rescued three men on Nov. 3, according to a press release. The rescue was initiated at 8:40 p.m., when El Centro Sector Radio Communications Dispatch received a distress call from an undocumented individual who had... — Updated 11/10/2020

 

Meth Seized at Checkpoint

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine Oct. 20. The incident occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m., when a man driving a gray Ford Explorer approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted agents to the vehicle, and it was... — Updated 11/9/2020

 

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