SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two United States citizens attempting to smuggle narcotics through an immigration checkpoint Thursday morning.
At approximately 8:18 a.m., a silver Honda Accord approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent inspecting vehicles in the primary lanes referred the vehicle to secondary inspection.
A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents inspected both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. During an inspection of the trunk, agents noticed a laundry bag full of clothes and hidden within the clothes were three clear plastic bags of a white crystal-like substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.
The 56-year-old male driver and 48-year-old female passenger were in possession of 15 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $33,000.
The driver, passenger, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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