SALTON CITY– El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested a teenager in possession of a loaded firearm suspected of smuggling narcotics Thursday night.
occurred at approximately 7:28 p.m., when an 18-year-old
male driving a white Volkswagen approached the checkpoint. At
primary inspection, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the
vehicle. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection for further
While in secondary
inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered a package hidden on his
person. Additionally, a loaded .38
Special revolver handgun was recovered from the vehicle. Agents determined that
the package contained a substance that was consistent with the characteristics
The total weight
of the narcotics discovered was more than three-quarters of a pound
of fentanyl with an estimated value of $24,096.
The teenager, a
United States citizen, the narcotics, handgun and vehicle were turned over to
the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint seizes loaded .38
Special handgun and more than three-quarters of a pound of fentanyl with an
estimated value of $24,096.
and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of
Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our
nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged
with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while
enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.