U.S. Border Patrol Seizes more than $4 Million in Cocaine at Highway 111 Checkpoint

On June 10, 2010, Indio station agents interdicted a cocaine smuggling attempt with an estimated street value of approximately $4.1 million.

At approximately 2 p.m., a red Ford Windstar driven by a male 19-year-old U.S. citizen approached the primary inspection area of the Highway 111 checkpoint and was then sent to the secondary inspection area.  While in the secondary inspection area, a canine team performed a cursory inspection and alerted to the vehicle.  During a subsequent search, agents discovered numerous packages containing cocaine wrapped in cellophane and covered in grease hidden within the dashboard area of the vehicle.

The driver, vehicle and cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

So far this fiscal year, the El Centro Sector Border Patrol has seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine as compared to 170 pounds seized during Fiscal Year 2009.