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Teen caught trying to smuggle drugs

SALTON CITY, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a 17-year-old girl suspected of smuggling drugs Wednesday afternoon.

 

The incident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m., when the girl approached the Border Patrol checkpoint in a silver Ford Focus.  She was a passenger in the vehicle, along with the driver and two other occupants.

 

During the inspection, a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the vehicle.  Agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation.  Once in secondary, agents discovered ten small packages taped to the legs of the female passenger.

 

The contents of the packages were tested and contained the properties consistent with methamphetamine.

 

The narcotics had a combined weight of 4.21 pounds with an estimated street value of $14,735.

 

The girl, a United States citizen, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

 

Through Aug. 31, of fiscal year 2017, El Centro Sector has seized more than 1,880 pounds of methamphetamine


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