SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested a woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine inside a hidden compartment.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:15 a.m. Sunday morning, when a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), approached the checkpoint in a white Chevy Malibu.
During an immigration inspection, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the windshield area near the front right fender of the vehicle. Agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation.
In secondary, agents discovered 45 packages concealed inside a false compartment of the vehicle’s firewall.
The packages were examined and tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The combined weight of the packages totaled 47.95 lbs., with an estimated street value of $127,067.
“Smuggling narcotics is a serious crime,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “In addition to answering for this crime, we will pursue revocation of legal immigration status when appropriate.”
The details of the subject’s arrest was referred to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to determine if revoking her privileged status is warranted.
The 52-year-old woman, a Mexican citizen, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and narcotics for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2018, El Centro Sector agents have seized more than 1,035.35 pounds of methamphetamine, amounting to over $2.4 million.
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.
Joint Task Force West (JTF-W) California Corridor is an integrated command comprised of eight agencies: Office of Border Patrol, Office of Field Operations, Office of Air and Marine, Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Coast Guard, and the United States Attorney’s Office. Our jurisdiction encompasses the state of California. Our focus is to dismantle transnational criminal organizations, avert acts of terrorism, and prevent terrorist operatives and weapons from entering the U.S. In doing so, we secure land borders, coastal waters, and continental airspace while expediting the lawful movement of people and goods.
Methamphetamine discovered in hidden compartment at Hwy 86 checkpoint