On October 3, 2020 $357,000 in drugs were found on a man's Ford utility truck in Salton Sea, CA at a checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle in the primary inspection lane. Agents directed the vehicle to enter the secondary inspection area for further investigation.
While in secondary inspection, agents discovered 20 packages inside a black duffel bag in the cargo bed area. 15 of the packages tested positive for the characteristics of cocaine with a narcotics test kit. The other five packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
Agents arrested the man and took him to the detention area for further processing.
The total weight of the cocaine was approximately 27.7 pounds with an estimated value of $332,400. The total weight of the methamphetamine was approximately 11.8 pounds with an estimated value of $26,550.
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The driver was a 53-year-old U.S. Citizen; he, the vehicle, and the narcotics were turned over to the DEA.