Agents Seize Narcotics Hidden in Vehicle’s Floorboards, Back Seat and Rocker Panels

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 Checkpoint seized methamphetamine hidden inside of a vehicle Sunday morning.


The incident occurred at approximately 7:44 a.m., when a woman driving a black Nissan Versa approached the checkpoint.  A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle in the primary inspection lane.  Agents directed the vehicle to enter the secondary inspection area for further investigation.  

While in secondary inspection, agents discovered 60 bundles wrapped in black electrical tape hidden inside of the vehicle’s floorboards, back seat and rocker panels.  The white crystalline substance inside the packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.  The total weight of the methamphetamine was approximately 148.61 pounds with an estimated value of: $334,372.

The driver, a 28-year-old United States citizen was placed under arrest and escorted to the detention area for further processing. 

The woman, the vehicle, and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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