Border Patrol agents make two drug busts in under an hour

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. - Border Patrol agents stationed at the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man and woman on two separate events less than an hour of each other Thursday,

A 21-year-old woman approached the checkpoint at around 9:15 a.m. in a Crusero/International California bus.

Agents referred the bus to secondary inspection where a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the top of the luggage compartment.

The canine pointed out a specific seat leading agents to interview the seat's occupant and discovered narcotics strapped to a woman's abdomen.

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 U.S. citizen, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

The second incident occurred around 30 minutes later, at 9:45 a.m. A 21-year-old man approached the same checkpoint in a red 2005 Mini Cooper.

The man was sent to secondary inspection where a 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.

The total weight of the narcotics was 19.18 pounds with an estimated street value of $67,130.

“These seizures highlight the important role played by our K-9 handlers and their partners in keeping our communities free from dangerous drugs and the violence associated with their sales and distribution,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim.

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