Over $600k Worth of Narcotics Found within 2 Days by Border Patrol

On the afternoon of Thursday, August 14, 2014, U.S. Border Patrol agents at the San Clemente checkpoint in California referred a 2007 Dodge Ram for further inspection.

A canine sniff yielded a positive alert for the presence of narcotics and agents conducted a thorough search of the vehicle. After noting dried mud along the truck’s tailgate, agents removed the tailgate and discovered 4 bundles of methamphetamine and 12 bundles of cocaine concealed within.

The methamphetamine weighed in at 5.95 pounds and the cocaine weighed in at 29.33. The combined estimated street value of this find is $440,790.

The driver, a 44-year-old male Mexican national, was arrested for drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. He and his narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. His truck was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

The following morning, Friday, August 15, 2014, agents at this same location referred a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu for further inspection.

Following a positive alert from a narcotics detection canine, agents searched the Malibu and located 480.5 pounds of marijuana concealed in multiple bundles inside the trunk and bumpers, as well as below a blanket in the backseat. The street value of this find is estimated to be $216,225.

The driver, a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen, was arrested for drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. He and his narcotics were also turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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