El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station apprehended a suspected narcotics smuggler at the Highway 86 checkpoint and seized approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred on February 17, at approximately 7 a.m., when a 26-years-old male driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint. A canine team alerted to the vehicle, a 1999 Volkswagen Golf, and was subsequently referred to secondary inspection. Upon further investigation, agents discovered twenty-nine packages of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of approximately 30 pounds and an estimated street value of over $980,000.
The man, a citizen of Mexico and legal resident was arrested as the sole suspect in the case.