PINE VALLEY, Calif.â€”U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint arrested two men on Tuesday, just hours apart, who had narcotics inside their vehicles.
At about 7:45 a.m., a 49-year-old male Mexican national approached the I-8 checkpoint and was referred for a secondary inspection. When agents conducted the inspection, their K-9 partner responded and alerted to an air conditioner in the back seat of the driverâ€™s 2001 Toyota Sequoia SUV.
Agents removed the air conditioner and opened the access plate. Inside was a sealed cylinder tube filled with methamphetamine. When officials removed the meth, they also discovered a second parcel, which was filled with cocaine.
The meth had a total weight of 18.03 pounds and the cocaine had a total weight of 2.56 pounds. The combined value of the two narcotics was estimated at $221,260.
The narcotics were stuffed inside a cylinder and then sealed inside an air conditioning unit.
Shortly after that incident, agents thwarted a second smuggling attempt at the checkpoint at about 10:30 a.m. A 23-year-old male U.S. citizen approached the checkpoint driving a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado truck. He also was referred to secondary inspection, where agents found four vacuum-sealed bundles of methamphetamine hidden behind the truckâ€™s back-seat wall panel. The methamphetamine had an estimated street value of $45,000.
Both drivers face federal charges for narcotics smuggling. The men and their narcotics were turned over to a task force led by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Their vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.