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USBP: Two arrested after K-9 finds meth during vehicle search

SALTON CITY, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Border Patrol agents arrested a man and a woman after attempting to smuggle methamphetamine through the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint.

El Centro Sector agents say the incident happened Thursday morning.

Agents sent a white Kia Optima to secondary inspection, where a canine alerted the vehicle.

They found three-drug packages inside of a backpack in the trunk. The packages tested positive for meth.

The drugs weighed 2.39 pounds with a value of $6,572.

Agents turned in the 39-year-old driver, the passenger, drugs, and vehicle to the Imperial County Border Crimes Suppression Team. 

Border Security / Imperial County
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Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.


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