Border agents find $215,000 worth of meth hidden in SUV floorboard

Local

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.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Most Popular Stories

Latest News

More News