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Nearly $100K in drugs seized in two Border Patrol busts

SALTON CITY, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint and Highway 111 checkpoint, arrested two men for smuggling narcotics on two separate events on Tuesday.

The first incident occurred around 11:30 am, when a 67-year-old man approached the checkpoint on Highway 86 in a white, 1997 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. He was referred to a secondary inspection, where agents discovered 22 packages hidden inside the gas tank. The substance within the packages tested positive for methamphetamine.

The total weight of the methamphetamine was 25.96 pounds and had an estimated street value of $90,877. 

The man, a Mexican citizen, vehicle, and narcotics were turned-over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

The second incident occurred around 3:40 pm, when a 51-year-old man approached the checkpoint on Highway 111 in a gray, 2004 Saturn Ion.  Agents directed the driver to secondary inspection for a closer examination. 

Agents conducted a pat down to the passenger and discovered two packages strapped to the man’s upper thighs.  The substance of the packages tested positive for methamphetamine.

The total weight of the methamphetamine was 2.23 pounds with an estimated street value of $7,805. 

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

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