SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents seized over 16 pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend in two separate events.
Border Patrol agents sidelined a commercial passenger bus as it approached the Highway 86 checkpoint on Sept. 26, directing it to secondary inspection area for an immigration inspection of its passengers.
While in secondary inspection, agents noticed a man who appeared nervous and stuttering during his immigration interview. Agents received his consent to pat down his person for safety reasons. During the pat-down, an agent felt a stiff canvas-like material strapped to the man’s leg. When asked about it, the man admitted to having illegal drugs strapped to his thigh. Agents arrested the passenger, escorted him off the bus, and took him to the detention area for further processing. Agents safely removed a cellophane wrapped package duct-taped to the man’s thigh. The substance inside the package, which weighed about 1.14 pounds, tested positive for methamphetamine. The package of meth has an estimated value of $2,565.
El Centro Sector agents turned over the passenger, a 28-year-old U.S. citizen, and the narcotics to the Border Crimes Suppression Team.
The second incident occurred the afternoon of the following day when an individual near a campsite in Westmorland waved down a Border Patrol agent. The person said that a man driving a red off-road vehicle had abandoned a backpack and driven off as soon as he saw a marked Border Patrol vehicle approaching. Agents discovered multiple plastic-wrapped packages inside the backpack. Agents took the abandoned backpack and its contents to the Highway 86 checkpoint for processing. The substance inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The total weight of the meth was approximately 15.147 pounds, with an estimated value of $34,081. El Centro Sector agents turned over the narcotics to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.