San Clemente Border Checkpoint Follows Big Meth Bust with Bigger Meth, Coke and Pot Busts

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Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Agents show off their two-day haul of drug bundles from San Clemente.

Remember how $330,000 worth of methamphetamine was just found at the San Clemente border checkpoint on Aug. 6? Perhaps it was part of a great big drug convoy because two busts at the same border stop last week uncovered more than a half-million dollars worth of meth, marijuana and cocaine, according to federal authorities.

30 Pounds of Meth Worth More Than $330k Found in 24-Year-Old's Car at Border Stop

After the driver of a 2007 Dodge Ram truck was sent to a secondary inspection area around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a canine alerted agents to the tailgate area, where 16 plastic bundles were seized, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Four bundles weighing nearly six pounds contained methamphetamine, and the 12 others that weighed nearly 30 pounds held cocaine, according to the border officials who estimated the street value or all the drugs at more than $440,000.

The truck's driver, identified only as a 44-year-old male Mexican national, was held on suspicion of drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Here's one of the places bundles of pot were found, according to agents.

The following morning, a 26-year-old driver had his 2010 Chevrolet Malibu searched at the San Clemente checkpoint, where multiple bundles of marijuana were found in the trunk, behind the front and rear bumpers and under a blanket in the back seat and inside a hidden compartment, according to border agents.

The 480.5 pounds of pot seized had an estimated street value of $216,000, according to the agency, which arrested the fellow on the same charges as the Mexican national before turning him over to the DEA.

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Pascal Roget
Pascal Roget

Roberto Avalon wares ice to god and you swallowed.

Pascal Roget
Pascal Roget

..... The three comments above look like demands.

Roberto Avalon
Roberto Avalon

The first thing I'm wondering is... How did the dope get past the first checkpoint at the San Ysidro port of entry?? I bet you there was more dope that got over than that and the rest of the shipment got air lifted to other parts of the country. This bust makes it look like they doing their job. I may be wrong but with so much dope getting into the country, it makes you wonder???

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

JuZ Don't DO drugs, on any level, money is tempting, but making chump change, is more peaceful vthan pigs, and bitches, snitches............

Mike Pilatos
Mike Pilatos

OC Weekly readers will be so bummed! Lol

Matthew Acosta
Matthew Acosta

Headed to Lake Forest i bet...and then on to Anaheim and then ending route to Smell A

Brian Clay
Brian Clay

Hey Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, and Nate Newton? Your second load just arrived.

Gloria Itzel Montiel
Gloria Itzel Montiel

Cinthya Rodriguez Alberto D. Tapia guess where they're going to want to do community service?

Luis Estevez
Luis Estevez

Someone's Labor Day weekend is ruined...

Billy Trigwell
Billy Trigwell

Why the hell are they going that way? I'd take the 76 to the 15 and go around it. Everyone knows the inspection station is there

Jon Wolslau
Jon Wolslau

I want some coke .. pass on buds n psycho powder

Kano Lopez
Kano Lopez

... so the other $10million gets by... you think these cartels care what gets busted, this is chump change to them..they sacrifice a small amount to distract the authorities while the bigger cargo passes by

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Looks like Coker is gonna have to get his meth elsewhere. 

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

The simple fact is that raza are the main figures in the violent and destructive drug trade.  Another reason to refuse any form of immigration reform.

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