Border Patrol Agents Make Two Busts Worth Nearly $2 Million

San Clemente Times

Border Patrol agents stopped this van which carried more than $1.6 million in marijuana near San Clemente Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Border Patrol.

Border Patrol agents stopped this van which carried more than $1.6 million in marijuana near San Clemente Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Border Patrol.

Over the weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the San Clemente Border Patrol check point on Interstate 5 arrested two men suspected of smuggling narcotics valued at $1.9 million.

On Friday, Feb. 7, at approximately 2 p.m., a 36-year-old Mexican national was stopped by agents who were patrolling I-5. A K-9 alerted to the man’s GMC Yukon and a search was conducted.

Agents discovered three cooler chests located inside the vehicle, two in the rear, one behind the driver. Inside the coolers, agents found 15 bundles of narcotics hidden behind the lining of all three coolers. The bundles included 7.61 pounds of methamphetamine, 10.36 pounds of cocaine, and 5.62 pounds of heroin. Agents also located two plastic bags of meth and a glass pipe under the back seat. The drugs had an estimated street value of $285,565. The man was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

In a separate incident Saturday morning, a 38-year-old U.S. citizen arrived at the I-5 checkpoint in a 2012 Nissan cargo van.

A K-9 alerted to the man’s vehicle, which was sent to secondary inspection. A search of the van revealed 113 bundles of marijuana inside the cargo area. The drugs weighed 2,750 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1.6 million. The man, narcotics and vehicle were turned over to a DEA task force.

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