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CBP continues to remove meth and fentanyl off the streets

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SALTON SEA, Calif. (KYMA, KECY)- El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents continue to keep methamphetamine and fentanyl off the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint.

Last Friday, agents seized more than $100,000 worth in drugs on multiple events.

The first incident happened around 7 in the morning.

A man driving a red Ford Windstar was sent to secondary inspection after a canine alerted to his vehicle. The man was immediately sent to a secondary inspection for further investigation.

As agent inspected his vehicle, they found three packages hidden in the engine compartment. The packages later tested positive for meth.

The total weight of the meth was approximately 16.8 pounds with an estimated value of $37,800.

Border Patrol agents arrested the 67-year-old permanent resident and seized the vehicle and drugs.

The second incident happened about four hours later.

A man driving a white Chevrolet Cruz was also sent to secondary after a canine alerted to its vehicle.

As agents inspected his vehicle, they found five packages hidden inside the center console. The pills found inside the packages tested positive for fentanyl.

Agents arrested the 27-year-old man and took him to the detention area for further processing. 

The total weight of the fentanyl was approximately .709 kilograms with an estimated value of $17,500.

The third incident happened in the afternoon.

Agents sent another man driving a burgundy Nissan Altima to secondary inspection after a canine alerted to its vehicle.

Upon more investigation, they found 50 packages hidden in the dashboard of the vehicle. It too tested positive for meth.

The total weight of the meth was approximately 29.76 pounds, with an estimated value of $66,960.

The 31-year-old was arrested and agents seized the vehicle and drugs.

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Sumiko Keil

Sumiko Keil has served as the Digital Content Producer since March 2019.

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