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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Seizes 132 Pounds of Marijuana Dropped by Ultra-Light Aircraft


Calexico, Calif. – On Saturday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station seized 132 pounds of marijuana that was dropped by an ultra-light aircraft.

The incident took place at around 11:14 p.m., after Border Patrol agents operating a mobile surveillance system detected a possible ultra-light aircraft traveling north into the United States from Mexico near the Calexico Downtown Port of Entry. The ultra-light aircraft was then observed traveling south back into Mexico. Agents responding to the incident were notified and conducted a ground search for a potential narcotics drop-off spot. After a thorough search, agents discovered six duct tape-wrapped bundles in the backyard of a Calexico residence.

At the Calexico Station, agents determined that the bundles contained marijuana, weighing 132 pounds, with an estimated street value of $106,000.

The marijuana was seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The U.S. Border Patrol is currently investigating the incident with its strategic partners in an effort to locate the escaped ultra-light aircraft.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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