Border Patrol arrested a man and two girls at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint Monday morning after allegedly finding drugs strapped to the teens' bodies.
According to El Centro Sector Border Patrol, Friday at approximately 10:15 a.m., a 63-year-old man driving a 2019 red Toyota Corolla with two 17-year-old female passengers approached the checkpoint. A canine detection team alerted agents to the vehicle and it was sent to secondary inspection for further investigation.
"While in secondary inspection, agents found that both girls had packages hidden and strapped to their bodies, around their waist and chest areas," reads a news release by El Centro Sector Border Patrol.
Agents found a total of seven packages. The packages were testest, revealing that four contained cocaine and three contained pills with fentanyl. The total weight of the cocaine discovered was 2.46 pounds and .78 pounds of fentanyl pills, which have an estimated value of $61,500.
The juveniles, both U.S. citizens, the driver, a lawfully admitted permanent resident, the narcotics and vehicle were turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Border Crimes Suppression Team.