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The El Centro Sector Border Patrol released a news brief on Thursday, March 28th, confirming the apprehension of 7 Mexican nationals who were hiding in a refrigerated truck. The truck, which was carrying watermelons, was stopped at the inspection point between Salton City and Westmorland about 4a.m. on Thursday. Dogs alerted agents of the hidden passengers, which consisted of 6 men and 1 woman. The driver was also taken into custody.

On Friday, March 22nd, 38 pounds of cocaine were apprehended at the same checkpoint in Imperial County. The drugs are estimated by officials to be worth $1.2 million. A 32 year old Mexican citizen, who holds legal permanent residency in the U.S., was apprehended.

The interior checkpoint, where the arrests took place, lies on Highway 86, approximately 46 miles northwest of the U.S.-Mexico border crossing at Calexico.

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