Highway 111 Border Patrol Seizes Meth
Last updated 6/26/2019 at 3:31pm
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned at the Highway 111 immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine June 14.
The incident occurred at around 7:23 a.m., when a 55-year-old man driving a gold 1992 Jaguar Sovereign approached the checkpoint.
A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection.
While in secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered 24 packages hidden inside of the vehicle’s rocker panels.
The packages tested positive for methamphetamine.
The total weight of the methamphetamine was 48.3 pounds, with an estimated value of $111,090.
“This seizure demonstrates the vital role our canine teams perform in detecting dangerous drugs thus keeping these off our streets which safeguards our communities,” said El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez.
The man, identified as a Mexican citizen, the vehicle, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.