Local border patrol agents intercepted two drug smuggling attempts this weekend worth an estimated $945,000.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Spokesman Jonathan Creiglow says the first seizure happened Friday at the Highway 86 checkpoint near the Salton Sea, when a drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to a black Jeep Liberty that was passing through.
“The driver, a 43-year-old U.S. citizen male, was referred to secondary inspection where a thorough search was conducted of the vehicle,” Creiglow said.
Inside the Jeep, agents say they found more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine packed up into 20 separate plastic bags– worth about $809,000, according to Creiglow.
A separate seizure was made a day later, on Saturday, when a Honda CRV trying to pass through the Highway 111 checkpoint was also hauling some meth, according to Creiglow.
“While searching the cargo area, agents discovered two plastic bags of methamphetamine,” he said.
The four pounds of methamphetamine were worth an estimated $138,000.
Both men were arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the drugs and vehicles.