Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Seize Over 300 Pounds of Marijuana

Calexico, Calif. – Yesterday morning an El Centro Sector Border Patrol Canine Team discovered a vehicle loaded with narcotics in a parking located at 201 West 2nd Street near the international border.

The canine team was conducting routine patrol duties when the canine alerted to a green Toyota Camry. Upon further inspection, the agent observed large bundles wrapped in plastic and tape in the back seat of the vehicle. The bundles contained 306.44 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated street value of over $245,000. The vehicle had Baja California license plates with no known owner.

Border Patrol agents transferred custody of the vehicle and marijuana to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.

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 keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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