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Salton City - Border Agents Arrest Smugglers

 

Last updated 5/10/2016 at 8:11am



El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents from the Indio Station assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man and a woman suspected of drug smuggling in separate events this weekend.

The first incident occurred on Friday at approximately 11:15 a.m., when a 21-year-old man approached the checkpoint driving a 2002 Chrysler Voyager.

A Border Patrol detection canine alerted to the vehicle during a pre-primary inspection. After an intensive search, agents discovered 10 bundles of methamphetamine and seven bundles of cocaine hidden in the vehicle’s right rear quarter panel.Agents discovered narcotics hidden inside a Chrysler's rear quarter panel.

The second arrest occurred Saturday at about 3:45 p.m., when a 19-year-old woman approached the checkpoint driving a 2007 blue Ford Five-Hundred.

A Border Patrol detection canine alerted to the vehicle during a pre-primary inspection. After a thorough inspection, agents found 22 packages of methamphetamine stuffed inside the rocker panels of the vehicle.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 55.97 pounds with an estimated street value of $559,700. The cocaine had a combined weight of 18.2 pounds with an estimated street value of $291,200.

The man and woman, both United States citizens, the vehicles, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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