Border Patrol Agents Disrupt Meth Smuggling Attempt

US Customs & Border ProtectionCredit: U.S. Customs & Border Protection

INDIO, CA — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle methamphetamine Saturday night.

Authorities state the incident occurred July 10, 2021, at about 10 p.m., when agents encountered a vehicle at the Dillion Road exit, near Interstate 10 and Highway 86, in Indio, CA. During the encounter, a Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the rear of the vehicle leading to the discovery of four black duffle bags in the back seat. The bags contained a total of 131 vacuum-sealed bags containing a white crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. The total weight of the methamphetamine was 164.67 pounds with an estimated value of $444,420.

Agents arrested the man and transported him to the Indio Border Patrol Station for further processing.

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The driver, vehicle, and narcotics were later turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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