Border Patrol Canine Detection Team Discovers Meth-Smuggling Attempt
Photo: confiscated meth
SALTON CITY – A brazen meth-smuggling attempt was thwarted at the border when a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to a 2012 black Jeep Wrangler driven by a 27-year-old man. At approximately 11:55 AM Saturday morning, agents working the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint sent the pinpointed vehicle to secondary inspection.
Twenty-two powdery packages were discovered hidden inside a spare tire mounted on the Jeep’s rear door. Agents affirmed that the packages’ substance was consistent with the characteristics of methamphetamine.
Totals of the discovered meth stash amounted to 24.85 pounds and an estimated value of $57,155.
Monday, June 3rd, the El Centro Sector announced that the anonymous U.S. male citizen, the thoroughly-checked vehicle, and the illegal narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.