Friday, August 29th, 2014

El Centro Border Patrol Agents Disrupt Drug Smuggling Attempt; Seize 1200 Pounds Of Marijuana

Border Patrol agents from the El Centro sector recently disrupted a drug smuggling attempt resulting in the arrest of one man and the seizure of over 1200 pounds of marijuana. The incident occurred on Thursday approximately 15 miles west of downtown Calexico. Camera operators spotted a 2003 Dodge Durango heading north across the United States/Mexico boundary. The driver, a 53 year old Mexican national, used the vehicle to push the vehicle barricades aside creating a space to drive thru. He then continued driving north toward Mount Signal Road and Highway 98. Responding agents attempted a vehicle stop. The man failed to yield to agents and then attempted to return to Mexico driving southbound cross country until his vehicle became disabled. Agents arrested the man, and a search of the vehicle revealed 46 packages of marijuana packed inside. Agents seized the marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $971,000. Border Patrol agents turned the man, vehicle, and marijuana over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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