Drugs found in car
The driver, Raul Zamaron, 56, of Mexicali, was acting nervous and not giving direct answers to the officer. The officer became suspicious and requested a U.S. Border Patrol canine unit which soon arrived.
During further examination at the Highway 86 Indio checkpoint, the canine alerted to the engine compartment of the red 2003 Dodge Dakota which Zamaron was driving.
A subsequent search revealed 13.9 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the engine’s intake manifold. The drugs are estimated to be worth more than $444,000.
“This incident reflects another positive attribute to having the resources of other agencies working in conjunction for the enforcement of locating illegal transportation of drugs and successful prosecution of the individuals involved,” Ceja said “The Border Crimes Unit wants to thank the United States Border Patrol for their assistance and for allowing investigators to utilize their resources.”