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NILAND, Calif. – Three women were arrested following three separate drug smuggling busts at the Highway 86 checkpoint over the weekend.

The first incident occurred on Friday night when a 37-year-old woman driving a 2008 Saturn Outlook was referred to secondary inspection upon arriving at the checkpoint.

During the inspection, a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted agents who discovered 92 packages of narcotics hidden in the roof of the Outlook.

Agents removed 92 packages from the vehicle, of those, 90 packages tested positive for methamphetamine, and two packages tested positive for cocaine.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 102.23 lbs. and the cocaine had a total weight of 5.3 lbs. The total estimated street value was $319,175.

The woman, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

The last two drug arrests happened Sunday afternoon.

A 35-year-old woman approached the checkpoint at Highway 86 in a 2006 Ford Focus.

Agents referred the woman to secondary inspection for a closer examination. After an intensive search, agents found 30-cylinder type bundles underneath the trunk of the vehicle. The packages tested positive for methamphetamine.

The methamphetamine had a total weight of 32.36 pounds with an estimated street value of $80,912.

The last incident happened Sunday evening when a 50-year-old woman approached the Highway 86 checkpoint in a 2010 Toyota Camry.

During primary inspection, a K-9 team alerted to the gas tank of the vehicle. Agents referred the woman to secondary for further inspection.

After inspecting the gas tank with a fiber optic scope agents observed multiple objects inside the gas tank.

Agents retrieved 28 packages that tested positive for methamphetamine. The total weight of the combined packages was 42.22 lbs. for an estimated street value of $105,550.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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