Criminal Justice News

Thursday, September 06, 2012

CBP U.S. Border Patrol Seizes More Than $90,000 in Methamphetamine at Checkpoint

Salton City, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized more than $90,000 of methamphetamine at the Highway 86 Checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City, California.

The incident occurred on August 28, at 11:50 am, after a Border Patrol canine alerted to a silver 2001 Toyota Camry. The vehicle was referred to secondary for further inspection. Agents discovered one package of methamphetamine inside a fire extinguisher located in the trunk of the vehicle. The illegal narcotic weighed approximately three pounds and has an estimated street value of more than $90,000.

The driver, a 42-year-old male United States citizen, the vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further processing.

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 the 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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