SALTON CITY, Calif. — A 55-year-old male who is accused of smuggling $215,000 worth of methamphetamine through an immigration checkpoint in Salton City was arrested Saturday morning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Monday.
At around 9:05 a.m., an El Centro Sector Border Patrol agent examined a blue 2005 Ford Escape at the Highway 86 checkpoint. CBP says the agent referred the car aside for further investigation.
When the Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted agents to both the driver and passenger sides of the car, they discovered a hidden compartment in the floorboard of the vehicle concealing 41 packages of white crystal-like substance wrapped in cellophane. The contents inside the packages tested positive for methamphetamine.
The driver, a U.S. citizen, was caught with 78.41 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated value of $215,627.00, according to the CBP.
He was later turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as the car and narcotics.