Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
184 pounds of marijuana carried across border on foot in Imperial Valley
U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted another load of marijuana on March 5, shortly after it crossed the border on the backs of four men near the Imperial Valley town of Calexico.
Shortly before 8 p.m., agents observed five men, four of them carrying large packs, illegally cross the border just east of the Calexico crossing and head north toward Interstate 8.
Upon reaching the freeway, a Plymouth Voyager van stopped, allowing the men to unload their bundles. Two of the men stayed with the vehicle, while the others ran back toward the border. Agents chose to watch the vehicle rather than those fleeing, and other agents nearby disabled the vehicle using a tire spike strip.
The packs turned out to contain bundles of marijuana weighing in at just over 184 pounds and carrying a street value of about $147,000, according to the Border Patrol. The vehicle’s driver, an unnamed U.S. citizen, and the two passengers, both Mexican nationals, were turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office.