SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine Wednesday (12 January) morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:01 a.m., when a commercial passenger bus approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. Agents directed the bus aside for further investigation.

During their inspection, agents were given consent to scan the bus with a mobile x-ray inspection system and noticed some irregularities in a piece of luggage located in the bus. A CBP narcotics detection canine team alerted to the luggage and shortly thereafter agents discovered 14 packages of suspected narcotics. The packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. Agents determined that the luggage was abandoned property and seized it for further processing.

The total weight of the methamphetamine was more than 5 pounds with an estimated value of nearly $12,000.

The El Centro Sector turned over the narcotics to the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration.