Pot Smuggling Operation Busted
CALEXICO - On Tuesday Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector disrupted a criminal operation that utilized a Ford F-150 pick-up truck disguised as an Imperial Irrigation District vehicle to smuggle illegal narcotics into the United States.
The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m., when Border Patrol agents monitoring remote video surveillance systems near Calexico witnessed two subjects launch a raft with several bundles of suspected narcotics into the All American Canal. The pick-up truck approached the area and the subjects proceeded to load the bundles into the bed of the truck. Once loaded, the truck drove away from the area and the two subjects returned to Mexico. A subsequent vehicle stop on the pick-up truck yielded 15 bundles of what was later identified as marijuana, totaling 128 pounds with an estimated value of $102,936.00.
The driver, a 20 year old male was taken into Border Patrol custody. The Driver, pick-up truck, and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.