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Salton City - $394,320 Meth Seized


Last updated 8/16/2016 at 8:26am

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have had a successful weekend after pulling a total of $394,320 worth of meth off the streets in two separate events.

Four individuals have been arrested for suspected of drug smuggling over the weekend, after agents discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden in their vehicles.

The first incident occurred Saturday, when a 22-year-old woman approached Border Patrol agents working the Highway 86 checkpoint driving a 2010 Ford Fusion accompanied by a 25-year-old man.

A Border Patrol detection canine alerted to the vehicle prompting Agents to refer the woman to the secondary inspection area for a closer examination. After an intensive search, agents discovered 39 bundles of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle’s rocker panels.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 42.9 pounds with an estimated street value of $171,600.

A second incident occurred on Sunday, after Border Patrol agents pulled over a 2005 Honda Odyssey along the Interstate 10 westbound lanes driven by a 31-year-old woman and her 25-year-old male passenger. A Border Patrol detection canine team conducted a sniff of the vehicle producing a positive alert.

Agents examined the vehicle and discovered an aftermarket compartment in the floor board that appeared to contain bundles of narcotics. Following a further inspection, Agents accessed the compartment and removed 35 bundles of methamphetamine which weighed 55.68 pounds with a total street value of $222,720.

“These seizures are an example of the great work of El Centro Sector,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott. “Our community is a safer place because of the great work these brave men and women carry out daily.”

The four suspects, all United States citizens, the vehicles, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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