Close to $163K of Meth Seized on Interstate 10

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INDIO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident attempting to smuggle close to $163,000 worth of methamphetamine Friday afternoon. 

At approximately 4:16 p.m., agents conducted a vehicle stop on a 2015 blue Dodge Journey on Interstate 10 near the Dillion Road exit. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team, dispatched to assist in the vehicle stop, alerted agents to the rear of the vehicle. Agents inspected the rear cargo area where they discovered a black storage box with a yellow lid. 

The contents of the box revealed several wrapped plastic bundles near the bottom. A black duffle was also found behind the driver’s seat containing similar bundles found in the storage box. The contents of all the bundles found contained a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

The driver was found in possession of 46.5 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $162,750.

The driver, vehicle, and narcotics were transported to the Indio Border Patrol Station for further processing.

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