Marc Martin, represent!
Marc Martin, represent!

$1.3 Million Worth of Heroin and Meth Seized in San Clemente Border Checkpoint Area

Two busts at or near the San Clemente border checkpoint on Wednesday resulted in seizures of $1.3 million worth of black tar heroin, China White heroin and crystal methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

First, around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, agents on patrol stopped a "suspicious" 2008 Toyota Camry heading north on the 5 freeway at Crown Valley Parkway north of the checkpoint.

The 44-year-old driver, a U.S. citizen who said he was traveling to the San Fernando Valley area, gave his permission to have a canine officer search the sedan, according to Border Patrol information officer Gerardo U. Gutierrez.

That led to a discovery of a false compartment with bundles containing 1.21 pounds of black tar heroin, 17.20 pounds of China White heroin and 22.38 pounds of crystal meth all valued on the street at $573,720, according to Gutierrez.

Later that same day, a 25-year-old U.S. citizen who rolled into the checkpoint in a 2001 Toyota Solara and was sent to a secondary inspection area, where he also allowed a canine search, Gutierrez said.

That produced 69 packages of meth in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle, said the spokesman, who added the narcotics weighed a total of 82.36 pounds and had an estimated street value of $823,600.

Neither arrestee was identified.

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