Border agents seize $283K in meth, heroin on Thanksgiving Day

Posted at 4:24 PM, Nov 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-24 19:24:46-05

ANDRADE, Calif. (KGTV) - Border agents seized more than $280,000 in narcotics late Thanksgiving Day along the California-Arizona border.

A 32-year-old man was stopped Thursday at about 9:45 p.m. at the Andrade port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a release. The vehicle, a black Honda Accord, was referred to further inspection by CBP officers, who brought in a K-9 team to search the car.

Officers discovered 51 packages of methamphetamine and six packages of heroin hidden inside quarter panels, with a combined street value of $283,000.

"Even during the holidays our officers remain vigilant in protecting the homeland from all threats," Andrade Port Director David Sarrasin said.

The driver, a Mexican citizen living in Banning, Calif., was arrested for attempted smuggling and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. He was later brought to Imperial County jail for arraignment.

The man's vehicle and narcotics were seized by CBP.