$76,000 dollars in heroin discovered at checkpoint

SALTON CITY, Calif. - Border patrol agents arrested a man Sunday after they discovered $76,000 dollars in heroin hidden near his groin area.

At around 5:30 p.m., a 25-year-old man in a grey 1994 Oldsmobile with Sinaloa, Mexico license plates was passing through the Border Patrol checkpoint between Westmorland and Salton City when a canine team alerted agents to search the car near the drivers seat.

Agents patted down the man and discovered a vacuum sealed package of heroin wrapped near his groin area with white electrical tape.

The heroin weighed 2.39 pounds and agents estimate its value at $76,000 dollars. 

The man, a Mexican citizen and holder of a B1/B2 Visa was arrested as the sole suspect in the case.  The suspect, narcotics, and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

All information in the article via a press release from the El Centro Sector Border Patrol.

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