U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 5 checkpoint south of San Clemente arrested two men in separate incidents Wednesday for allegedly transporting nearly $340,000 in narcotics, according to a department release.
The first incident happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. when agents at the checkpoint encountered a tour van. One of the passengers on the van was acting nervously and was referred for a secondary inspection. During the inspection, agents noticed a bulge in the 19-year-old’s clothing and performed a search. The agents discovered multiple packages of methamphetamine taped to the man’s abdomen weighing 2.54 pounds, which had and had an estimated street value of $50,800.
The second incident occurred 12 hours later, when agents at the checkpoint stopped the driver of a 2013 Ford Taurus. The 23-year-old driver, a Jamaican citizen, displayed a nervous demeanor and was referred for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection, which resulted in an alert to the rear of the vehicle. Agents searched the trunk and discovered four large trash bags containing marijuana. The marijuana weighed 192.78 pounds and had an estimated street value of $289,170.
In both instances, the suspected smugglers and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.