WESTMORLAND, Calif. – This morning El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a Lawful Admitted Permanent Resident attempting to smuggle methamphetamine through an immigration checkpoint.
The 65-year-old man was smuggling approximately 30.28 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated value of $83,270.
The incident occurred at about 6:40 a.m., when a white 1986 Ford F-150 pick-up truck approached the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint. The agent in primary inspection referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection due to a pre-primary Border Patrol K-9 alert.
During secondary inspection, a search of the vehicle was conducted and revealed positive results for narcotics. Agents discovered 30 bundles all wrapped in brown tape located within two toolboxes of a white crystal-like substance.
The contents inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. Agents arrested the driver and held him for further processing.
The man, vehicle, and narcotics were later turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.