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Over $90k in drugs seized in two separate Border Patrol busts

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. 

Read: $200K of meth seized in two Border Patrol busts

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.

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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.

Read: Border Patrol arrest man trying to smuggle over $160K of meth

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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