CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station arrested two smugglers Saturday with more than 1,600 pounds of narcotics.
The smuggling attempt occurred Saturday night west of Calexico. Border Patrol agents initiated a vehicle stop on an SUV with blacked out windows and two occupants. The driver of the vehicle, a 45-year-old Mexican citizen, refused to yield but was stopped by agents after they successfully deployed a controlled tire deflation device. The driver and passenger, a 25-year-old Honduran citizen, fled their vehicle and attempted to abscond from Border Patrol agents before being arrested in a field of Sudan grass.
Agents discovered several packages of marijuana in the SUV. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $1,280,000.
The suspects, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.