Meth Smuggler Nabbed by U.S. Border Patrol at Highway 86 Checkpoint

WESTMORLAND, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station arrested a man Wednesday afternoon attempting to smuggle more than $100,000 worth of methamphetamine.


The incident occurred around 12 p.m., when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a tan colored Pontiac Grand Prix while performing a cursory search at primary inspection of the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Westmorland, Calif.  The sedan was being driven by a 37-year-old United States citizen.  During secondary inspection, a thorough search of the vehicle was conducted and Border Patrol agents discovered approximately 3.5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a non-factory compartment.


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