SALTON CITY, Calif. – A couple traveling with their infant child was arrested after U.S. Border Patrol agents found methamphetamine hidden in their car.
Agents say they pulled the car over about two miles south of the Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City, Monday evening. The agents then conducted an immigration inspection and afterward asked the couple permission to conduct a canine sniff inspection. Once receiving the okay, the canine alerted them to the lower rear part of the car.
Agents then found 19 pounds of white crystalline powder stuffed inside the car’s rocker panels.
“This seizure shows the depths individuals and criminal organizations are willing to go to conduct their illicit activities,” said Marc A. Lieberman Acting Patrol Agent in Charge of the Indio Station.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 26.57 pounds with an estimated street value of $265,700.
The couple, both United States citizens, and the infant, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The Child Protection Agency took custody of the infant. The car and drugs were also turned over to the DEA for further investigation.