K-9 Detection Team’s Secondary Inspection Delivers Hefty Meth Bust
Photo: 46,75 pounds of meth
SALTON CITY – A smuggling attempt made it to the primary inspection spot at the border’s Highway 86 immigration checkpoint. As a black 2015 GMC Terrain approached, the agent directed the vehicle to secondary inspection.
Further investigation revealed an incident which took place at nearly 6:25 PM on June 27th. The two individuals in the vehicle were a 45-year-old male driver, and a 62-year-old female passenger.
The pair of Legal Permanent Residents from Mexico looked on as the Border Patrol K-9 Team approached the vehicle. The duo watched the team alert to the rear passenger side of the vehicle.
As Agents searched the interior, they located two red and blue nylon bags, located in the rear of the truck. “Agents searched the contents of the two bags and discovered 45 small vacuum -sealed packages containing a white crystal-like substance,” said U.S. Border Patrol.
The 47.6 pounds of weighed contents inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. The estimated value is $128,590.
Agents arrested the driver and passenger attempting to smuggle meth through the immigration checkpoint Sunday evening. The Border Patrol Agents escorted the thwarted arrestees for further processing, as Agents seized the meth at the checkpoint.
As a result, El Centro Sector turned over the two individuals, the narcotics, and the truck to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.