Feb 15, 2014
SALTON CITY– Border Patrol agents stopped two suspected drug smugglers and seized more than 21 pounds of methamphetamine estimated to be worth about $250,000 in two separate events on Thursday.
In the first incident around 10:45 a.m., a Border Patrol canine detection team found an abandoned backpack in a bus overhead storage area during a bus check at the Highway 86 checkpoint. The backpack contained six wrapped packages of methamphetamine weighing more than four pounds with an estimated street value of $54,000.
After questioning passengers, agents determined that the backpack belonged to a 47-year-old man with a valid temporary United States permanent resident card. The man was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In the second incident around 5:40 p.m., a 57-year-old man driving a 2001 tan Cadillac Deville approached the Highway 111 checkpoint, and a canine team alerted to the vehicle.
Agents then found 46 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear seat of the vehicle. The packages had a combined weight of 16.6 pounds with an estimated street value of $199,000.
The man, a U.S. citizen, was also arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.