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$200K of meth seized in two Border Patrol busts

SALTON CITY, Calif. - A man and a woman were arrested over the weekend for smuggling drugs during two separate events.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint said first incident occurred Friday at around 12:45 a.m. when a 36-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a grey, 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Agents sent the man to secondary inspection for a closer examination.The Border Patrol canine detection team was able to find the 48 packages inside a spare tire mounted under the vehicle. All packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine. 

The weight of the packages of methamphetamine was 55.29 pounds and had an estimated street value of $193,515. 

The man, a United States citizen, vehicle and narcotics were turned-over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The second incident occurred on Friday night at around  7 p.m., when a 21-year-old woman approached the same checkpoint in a 2011 grey Jeep Patriot. Agents referred the vehicle to secondary for further examination.

Border Patrol agents questioned the woman on her citizenship and asked for consent to search the vehicle. Agents searched the vehicle and found two small packages of methamphetamine.

One package was found inside of a purse and the other package was inside a make-up bag. Both packages tested positive for methamphetamine. 

The total weight of meth was 2.05 pounds and had an estimated street value of $7,175. 

The woman, a United States citizen, vehicle and narcotics were turned-over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

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