U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Cocaine Worth $300K

Westmoreland, Calif. – Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized a substantial amount of cocaine at the Highway 86 Checkpoint.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., a grey Ford pickup truck approached the primary inspection area of the Highway 86 Border Patrol Checkpoint near Westmorland. A Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle and agents referred the driver, a 32 -year-old male U.S. citizen, to secondary inspection for further examination. After a thorough search of the vehicle, agents discovered several concealed packages of cocaine located inside a non-factory compartment. The total weight of the cocaine was approximately 10 pounds and was valued at just over $300,000.

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