Teens arrested at checkpoint had meth worth $619,000, officials say
Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle methamphetamine valued at $619,000 into the United States, the Border Patrol said Monday.
The 19-year-old men were arrested at the San Clemente checkpoint on Interstate 5 when agents found nearly 31 pounds of methamphetamine in 24 bundles hidden inside a speaker box in the trunk of their 2003 Toyota Corolla, officials said. The two are U.S. citizens.
The arrests came within hours of an arrest Thursday at the Pine Valley checkpoint along Interstate 8 of a woman suspected of trying to sneak methamphetamine worth $470,000 into the United States.
In both cases, Border Patrol dogs alerted agents to the possibility of hidden drugs, officials said.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Bundles of methamphetamine were found in a hidden compartment inside a speaker box in the trunk of the 2003 Toyota Corolla and were then stacked by agents in the back window. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection