SALTON CITY, Calif. - Suspected drug smugglers were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon at the Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City when Border Patrol agents discovered over 20 lbs. of cocaine hidden in their Jeep.
A 21-year-old man and 48-year-old woman were traveling in a 2007 Jeep Commander when they were stopped around 12:15 p.m., according to a release.
Agents said a K9 alerted them to the Jeep so they inspected the vehicle.
They discovered a hidden aftermarket compartment in the frame of the Jeep that was holding 18 individually wrapped packages of cocaine. Agents said the cocaine weighed a total of 20.96 lbs.
The narcotics are estimated to be worth $209,600.
Agents said the two suspects are Mexican nationals. The D.E.A. is handling the investigation.
- Copyright 2016 Gulf California Broadcasting. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
People march to show support for law enforcement and for two fallen Palm Springs police officers in Desert Hot Springs.Read More »
Donald Trump's star has entered the supernova phase of this cosmically weird campaign season. Republican concerns now center on whether his fiery explosion will leave behind a black hole -- dragging the party's top leaders and aspiring stars into a post-Trump oblivion.Read More »