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Meth at Checkpoint


Last updated 7/13/2021 at 2:16pm

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two individuals attempting to smuggle methamphetamine through an immigration checkpoint on June 27.

The incident occurred at 6:25 p.m., when a black 2015 GMC Terrain approached the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint. The agent in primary inspection referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area for further investigation.

During secondary inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the rear passenger side of the vehicle. Agents conducted a search of the interior and discovered two red and blue nylon bags at the rear of the vehicle. Agents searched the contents of the two bags and discovered 45 small vacuum sealed packages containing a white crystal-like substance.

The contents inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of meth.

The meth weighed about 46.76 pounds of with an estimated value of $128,590.

Agents arrested the driver, a 45-year-old man, and the passenger, a 62-year-old woman, both Legal Permanent Residents from Mexico.

El Centro Sector turned over the two individuals, the narcotics and vehicle to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.