SALTON CITY — El Centro SectorBorder Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling heroin Thursday morning.
incident occurred at approximately 8:50 a.m., when
a 28-year-old man approached the checkpoint as one of multiple passengers
aboard a commercial bus. Agents sent the
bus aside to secondary for immigration inspection.
secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered a package he attempted to
conceal under his clothing. Agents
examined the package and determined that the
content was consistent with the characteristics of heroin.
total weight of the heroin discovered was 4.470 pounds, with an estimated street value of $56,000.
a United States citizen, and the narcotics were turned over to Drug Enforcement
U.S. Customs 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.