2 checkpoint busts net $2 million-plus in drugs in SAN CLEMENTE
More than $2 million in drugs were seized and three people were taken into custody in a pair of busts Thursday at a freeway checkpoint, U.S. Border Patrol officials said.
The first seizure occurred on Thursday morning, when 54 pounds of cocaine was found hidden in an SUV at the Border Patrol checkpoint, authorities said. The drugs were believed to have a value of $702,130.
The drugs were seized when a 2003 Ford Explorer came to the checkpoint south of San Clemente, according to a statement released by the Border Patrol. Agents took into custody a brother and sister from Mexico, who are said to have been in the vehicle when the cocaine was discovered.
“Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 20 bundles of narcotics hidden beneath the floor in the hatchback area of the SUV,” the statement read.
The second seizure occurred later at the same checkpoint, when agents found “hard narcotics” concealed in a “large, white metal security door” in the bed of an 1999 Ford F-250 driven by a 34-year-old man.
Hidden in the door were 63 bundles – 41 containing methamphetamine, 16 containing cocaine and six containing heroin. The combined street value of the drugs was estimated at nearly $1.4 million, authorities said.
The occupants of both cars, whose names authorities have not released, and the drugs were turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, officials said. The vehicles were seized by the Border Patrol.