Couple Smuggling Cocaine, and Sex Offender Intercepted by Border Patrol

Smuggling cocaine and  a sex offender, these criminals sound like they just stepped  out of  “The Hangover” and any second they will wake up to piece their life together. However, they will be waking up in prison and there won’t be a happy ending.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol intercepted and arrested a man and woman who were suspected of smuggling drugs.

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The first incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m., when a silver 2007 Jeep Commander approached the checkpoint on Highway 86 driven by a 37-year-old man who was accompanied by his wife and 5-year-old son.

While the man was being questioned during primary inspection, a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the undercarriage of the Jeep. Agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for further examination.

Agents conducted a thorough search of the jeep and noticed that the front driver seat had been tampered with. Agents soon discovered six bundles of narcotics wrapped in clear cellophane hidden within the seat.

The content of the concealed packages tested positive for cocaine and had a combined weight of 14.55 pounds with an estimated street value of $218,250.

Then a second incident took place, in which three men were arrested for illegally entering the United States, AND smuggling a sex-offender. This happened the same day, around 9:30pm.


The men were taken to the station to be processed. At the station, records checks revealed that one of the men had been convicted of Sexual Assault in the 2nd degree out of the State of Colorado. The man served 18 months in prison for his crime.

“Border Patrol agents work tirelessly to ensure our community’s safety by preventing dangerous drugs and people from entering the country illegally,” said David S. Kim Assistant Chief Patrol Agent.

The man, a 53-year-old Mexican citizen, will be criminally prosecuted for Re-Entry After Removal as a convicted sex offender.

Already this year, 2017, there have been six arrests of sex offender who were attempting to re-enter the country, by El Centro Sector.

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