SALTON CITY – A 27-year-old man thought he could get passed border patrol agents by hiding heroin and methamphetamine inside a car battery on Monday.
At around 1:00 p.m. the black 2013 Dodge Charger attempted to cross the Highway 86 checkpoint. During the primary inspection, the man told border patrol agents that he was a Mexican citizen. The canine team performed a sniff of the vehicle’s exterior and alerted to the vehicle, indicating the presence of drugs.
The driver was sent to secondary inspection. The agents, during the second inspection, discovered a compartment inside the vehicle’s battery. A smaller battery and three wrapped bundles were located; two in clear plastic and the other in black electrical tape. The tape covered package tested positive for heroin and the clear bags for methamphetamine
“Criminal organizations will go to great lengths in order to carry out their illegal activities,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott. “I commend our hard-working agents for their exemplary efforts in keeping these harmful drugs out of our communities.” The combined street value of the drugs is estimated at $49,970. The man, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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