EL CENTRO – The effort to prevent illegal drugs from being smuggled across the border and into our country never ends.
This week, a recent success story involves U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Calexico station and resulted in the confiscation of over 47 pounds of marijuana. Near the junction of Highway 98 and Interstate 8, officers noticed two men climb the boundary fence and swim across the canal.
Next, one of the men ran to a waiting car that was stopped on Interstate 8. He placed his bundle in the car and it took off, temporarily. Before long the car, its 20-year-old female driver, 27-year-old male occupant and backseat bundle were all stopped by authorities.
The two fence climbers were also arrested before they could return home to Mexico. In addition, Border patrol agents also found another bundle floating in the canal. The street value of the purloined drugs exceeds $28,000.