SALTON CITY, Calif. - A man and a woman were arrested Thursday during two separate drug smuggling incidents at the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City.
The first incident occurred around 9:15 am, when a 21-year-old woman approached the checkpoint in a Crusero/International California bus.
The bus was referred to a second inspection and a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the top of the luggage compartment. Agents removed all occupants from the bus. The canine alerted to a specific seat. Agents interviewed the owner of the seat and discovered narcotics strapped to a woman’s abdomen. The substance of the narcotics tested positive for heroin.
The total weight of the heroin was 2.52 pounds and had an estimated street value of $27,720.
The woman, a United States citizen, and narcotics were turned-over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
The second incident occurred about thirty minutes later when a 21-year-old man approached the same checkpoint in a red, 2005 Mini Cooper.
The man was sent to secondary inspection for a closer examination. That's when a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the vehicle’s back seat. Agents searched the area and found 17 bundles of methamphetamine in the gas tank of the vehicle.
The total weight of the methamphetamine was 19.18 pounds with an estimated street value of $67,130.
The man, a United States citizen, vehicle and narcotics were turned-over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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