INDIO, CA – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle methamphetamine Saturday night.
The incident occurred about 10 p.m., when agents encountered a vehicle at the Dillion Road exit near Interstate 10 and Highway 86. 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.
The driver, vehicle, and narcotics were later turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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