Imperial Valley, CA Feb. 7 - U.S. Border Patrol agents bust Mexican and U.S. citizens attempting to smuggle drugs across borders and checkpoints in Imperial Valley.
On Monday, agents from the El Centro sector say they found two men, both illegal Mexican nationals hiding in the desert just 25 miles east of Calexico.
According to border patrol, after conducting an extended search they discovered 270 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $216,000. Border patrol says both men were arrested and turned over to the drug enforcement administration along with the drugs.
In a separate incident the same day agents say they seized more than 2 pounds of marijuana and $16,000 of U.S. currency at the highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City, California.
According agents the discovery came after a canine alerted them to a white Toyota Prius, which contained the drugs and money in a duffle bag. Border patrol says the suspects, both U.S. Citizens, were arrested and turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office along with the marijuana and vehicle.