SALTON CITY, CA – El Centro Border agents prevented more than one and a half tons of marijuana from coming across the U.S. border Friday.
Indio Border Patrol Station agents arrested a man suspected of smuggling marijuana after he was stopped at a Highway 86 checkpoint at approximately 12:15 a.m on Friday.
A Border Patrol detection canine alerted agents of the semi-truck during a preliminary inspection before the man was required to undergo a more thorough search. During that search, agents found pallets loaded with 38 cardboard boxes containing 150 packages wrapped in cellophane, which weighed about 3,575 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,716,000.
The contents tested positive for marijuana, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
“This was a fairly large seizure and our agents did an outstanding job of interdicting it,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim. “Criminal networks should be afraid to conduct their activities at our border or at our checkpoints. In addition to our tried and true methods of interdiction, we continue to strengthen our ability to dismantle criminal enterprises.”
The man driving the semi-truck, a Mexican national, was taken into custody along with the seized narcotics, which have since been turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2017, El Centro Sector has seized more than 5,354 pounds of marijuana.
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents stop semi-truck w/ more than 1.5 tons of marijuana pic.twitter.com/b0C2TpMphK
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