SALTON CITY — Border Patrol agents confiscated more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine during two separate searches Thursday near the Salton Sea.
About 10:45 a.m., officials at the Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City found a backpack containing meth inside a bus overhead storage area, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
It had six wrapped packages of meth that weighed more than 4 pounds and was worth $54,000, according to the agency. They determined it belonged to a 47-year-old man who had a valid temporary U.S. permanent resident card.
He was arrested and turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
At 5:40 p.m., a 57-year-old man in a 2001 Cadillac Deville approached the Highway 111 checkpoint in Niland.
Authorities searched the car and found 46 packages of meth inside the rear seat. It weighed 16.6 pounds and was worth $199,000.
The man, who was identified as a U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over to the DEA.