El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine on Thursday.
The incident occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m., when a 36-year-old man driving a blue Chevrolet Blazer approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation.
While in secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered 14 packages hidden inside the air conditioner blower. Agents determined that the substance was consistent with the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The total weight of the methamphetamine discovered was 9.88 pounds, with an estimated value of $26,000.
The vehicle, methamphetamine and subject will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration agency (DEA).