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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

 

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

 

Stolen Vehicle, Weapon, Drugs Seized

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine, marijuana, and a loaded weapon from a stolen vehicle Friday evening, Nov. 6. The incident occurred at approximately 6:55 p.m., when a man driving a silver Jeep Cherokee approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border... — Updated 11/26/2020

 

$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

 

Meth, Fentanyl, Cocaine

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents foiled two narcotics smuggling attempts Oct. 17. The first incident occurred at 7:20 a.m., when a man driving a Hyundai approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle, which was to enter the... — Updated 10/30/2020

 

Over 175 Pounds of Meth

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint seized over 175 pounds of methamphetamine Oct. 13. The incident occurred at approximately 5:25 p.m., when a man driving a white Peterbilt tractor-trailer approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection... — Updated 10/29/2020

 

Gang Member Arrested

Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a gang member on Oct. 8, according to a press release. The incident occurred at 7:08 p.m., when a private taxi approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. One of the passengers of the taxi presented a Lawful Permanent Reside... — Updated 10/29/2020

 

Drugs Worth Nearly $900K Seized

Border Patrol agents confiscated nearly $900,000 worth of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl at the Highway 86 checkpoint. Three incidents occurred on Oct. 2. The first was around 7:35 a.m., when a 67-year-old man legal permanent resident from Mexico approached the chec... — Updated 10/14/2020

 

Agents Seize Meth

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents seized over 16 pounds of methamphetamine in two separate events. The first incident occurred Sept. 26, at approximately 9:50 a.m., when a commercial passenger bus approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. Agents directed the bus to enter the... — Updated 10/14/2020

 

Two Smuggling Attempts

Agents arrested three men suspected of smuggling drugs through the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint on two separate events over the weekend. The first incident happened Sept. 12, at 12:20 p.m., when a man driving a black Hyundai Veloster, along with a male passenger approached... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Agents Arrest Two Men

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested two men, including a current recipient of the DREAM Act, suspected of smuggling narcotics on Sept. 11. The incident occurred at approximately 9:50 a.m., when a man driving a silver Nissan... — Updated 10/2/2020

 

Border Patrol Seizes Nearly $1 Million Worth of Drugs

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized $946,472 worth of drugs in three smuggling attempts at the Highway 86 checkpoint over the weekend. The first incident occurred on Aug. 14 at 3:45 p.m., when a man driving a black Chrysler Sebring approached the checkpoint. A Border... — Updated 9/8/2020

 

Twenty-Two Pounds Found in Tire

Agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint seized methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire on Aug. 17. At around 4:40 p.m., a man driving a black Toyota Tundra approached the checkpoint. After the Border Patrol canine detection team alerted agents to the vehicle, it was sent to... — Updated 9/4/2020

 

Agents Arrest Ten People

Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested 10 undocumented people fraudulently using social security numbers on Aug. 12, according to a press release. At around 7:40 p.m., a group of vehicles caravanning together approached the checkpoint. During the immigration... — Updated 9/3/2020

 

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