IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two suspected drug smugglers and one previously deported gang member in three separate incidents over the weekend.
The first arrest was made after a Greyhound bus drove up to the Highway 86 inspection checkpoint near the Salton Sea Friday afternoon. Agents say they noticed one of the passengers in the bus looked nervous. Their K-9 officer was able to find seven bundles of heroine weighing 1.74 pounds under a seat close to the man. The 26-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested and turned over to the Imperial County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force.
The second incident happened closer to the U.S. – Mexico border Friday night. Agents caught a 47-year-old Mexican citizen man coming into the country illegally about 30 miles west of the downtown port of entry. The man turned out to be an active member of the “Sureño” criminal gang. The man was arrested and held at the Imperial County Jail where he will wait to be criminally prosecuted for his illegal entry.
The third incident happened Saturday night, when two women drove up to the Highway 86 inspection checkpoint. Agents say the two appeared nervous when presenting their visitor visas. Agents were able to find 27 bundles of methamphetamine weighing almost 30 pounds hidden inside the car’s rocker panels. The women, 40 and 30 years of age, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.