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Border Patrol agents arrest DACA recipient for allegedly smuggling 20 pounds of meth

October 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents arrest DACA recipient for allegedly smuggling 20 pounds of meth

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Border Patrol agents in Southern California took a DACA recipient into custody after reportedly smuggling over 17 pounds of meth on Tuesday.

Agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint in the El Centro Sector witnessed a Kia Optima driving up for inspection.

Officers referred the 22-year-old Mexican man driving the vehicle to a secondary inspection.

According to the Washington Times, the man was identified as a recipient of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program.

A K-9 agent signaled to the possible presence of drugs or humans in the trunk of the vehicle. Officials recovered 14 vacuum-sealed packages in the trunk, U.S. Custom and Border Protection officials revealed.

Agents inspected the packages and discovered that they were filled with 17.14 pounds of meth, with an estimated street value of $34,284.

The agents took the DACA recipient into custody on drug smuggling charges and seized the car and drugs. All were turned over to the DEA for investigation.

“Every seizure our agents make is an important step to secure our streets from dangerous narcotics and dangerous people,” El Centro Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez announced in a written statement. “I commend our agents for the hard work and dedication in keeping communities safe.”

Officials did not indicate when the Mexican national illegally entered the United States, or when he was awarded DACA status.

In Fiscal Year 2018, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized close to 1,650 pounds of meth. The seizure of these drugs stripped drug cartels and dealers of roughly $4.3 million worth of drug proceeds at street value.

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