By Jim Shilander
Border Patrol agents at the checkpoint outside San Clemente intercepted two drug smuggling attempts last Thursday, finding drugs worth nearly $1 million within five hours of one another.
Both stops involved U.S. citizens, a release from the Border Patrol stated. At one, a 31-year-old man’s nervous demeanor caused agents to refer him for a secondary inspection, where a K-9 inspection led to the discovery of nearly 35 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated value of $383,130.
The second investigation involved a 46-year-old man who also exhibited nervousness when stopped. The K-9 inspection turned up nearly 39 pounds of cocaine and nearly nine pounds of methamphetamine. The total value of the narcotics found was approximately $600,000.