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2 arrested in separate drug busts at the Highway 86 checkpoint

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SALTON CITY, Calif. (KYMA, KECY)-A man and a woman are arrested in two separate events after they were caught smuggling drugs at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says both incidents happened on Thursday.

A 56-year-old man driving a black 2012 Chevrolet Impala approached the checkpoint when a canine alerted to his vehicle. After the driver was sent to secondary inspection, agents discovered six packages of methamphetamine inside a backpack.

The total weight of the drugs were approximately 5.16 pounds with an estimated value of $9,804.

The man, a United States citizen, the drugs, and the vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In the second incident, a 48-year-old woman driving a 2000 Honda Accord who approached the checkpoint was sent to secondary inspection after a canine alerted to her vehicle.

While in secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered two packages of meth hidden inside the spare tire of the vehicle. 

The total weight of the drugs discovered was approximately 2.13 pounds with an estimated value of $4,000.

The woman, a United States citizen, the drugs, and the vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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