Criminal Justice News

Friday, September 14, 2012

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Intercepts Drugs Thrown Over Border Fence



Calexico, Calif. – Today, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station intercepted drugs concealed in tape wrapped packages near 1st Street and Blair Avenue.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:00 a.m., after Border Patrol agents conducting routine operations near Downtown Calexico observed what appeared to be six wrapped packages near the intersection of 1st Street and Blair Avenue in Calexico, Calif. Upon closer inspection Border Patrol agents confirmed the six packages which were wrapped to resemble kettle bell weights, all tested positive for marijuana.

“This seizure also speaks to the brazen nature of the narcotics smugglers who attempt to operate in the area, as the location of the narcotics is heavily transited by the public during all hours of the day”, said Spokesman Fabian Morales of the El Centro Sector Public Affairs. “There were no individuals associated with this seizure.”

In total, six packages of marijuana weighing approximately 14.77 pounds were seized with an estimated street value of more than $11,700. The marijuana was turned over 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 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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