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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