Driver, 19, arrested in Border Patrol drug bust – California News

Driver, 19, arrested in Border Patrol drug bust – California News

Border Patrol agents discovered more than $300,000 worth of cocaine and heroin in a car and arrested the driver at a checkpoint near San Clemente Tuesday, officials said.

The 2005 Mazda3 sedan was searched at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5 about 6:30 p.m. Agents found 10 plastic-wrapped bundles in the trunk compartment where spare tires are stowed, officials said.

Five packages contained roughly 11.5 pounds of cocaine, while the rest contained about 12 pounds of heroin. The drugs have a combined street value of nearly $328,000, officials said.

The driver, a 19-year-old man from Mexico, was arrested on suspicion of smuggling the narcotics. He was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the drugs.

Since October, Border Patrol agents in the San Diego area have seized 2,371 pounds of cocaine and 270 pounds of heroin, officials said.

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