Westmorland, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a man early this morning attempting to smuggle more than $350,000 worth of narcotics.
The incident occurred at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Westmorland around midnight, when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado during primary inspection. The driver, a 34-year-old United States citizen, was referred for further investigation. A thorough search of the vehicle resulted in agents discovering approximately 8 pounds of cocaine and 140 pounds of marijuana concealed within an engine compartment.
The driver, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.