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Two arrested for attempting to smuggle nearly $190K of illegal drugs through checkpoint

SALTON CITY, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - El Centro Border Patrol says two people were arrested for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs through the Highway 86 checkpoint.

At about 5:45 a.m. on Monday, agents stopped a Nissan Frontier at the checkpoint, when a K-9 detection team pointed towards the vehicle.

Several black packages were found within the dashboard and inside the car's A/C system.

The packages contained heroin and fentanyl, both with a combined estimated value of about $188,000.

“Cross-border trafficking of fentanyl kills thousands of American citizens each year, and I am proud of our Indio Agents for their efforts in countering those who are bringing harmful drugs into the United States”, said Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino.

The 53-year-old and 27-year-old woman in the car will be facing federal charges as well as be processed for not having the proper documents to be in the United States.

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