Border Patrol seizes $71K of opium paste taped to man's buttocks

Posted: 10:55 AM, Jul 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-10 17:55:34Z

(KGTV) - Border Patrol agents seized more than $71,000 worth of opium paste found taped to a man's buttocks last week.

El Centro Border Patrol agents arrested the suspected smuggler on July 4 at about 8 a.m., after agents stopped the 28-year-old suspect at a Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City, Calif.

A K-9 alert prompted agents to refer the driver to a secondary inspection where the opium paste was found taped to the man's backside.

In total, the 2.23 pounds of paste has an estimated street value of $71,360.

Border Patrol agents turned the suspect and narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.