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$2 million in cocaine, methamphetamine seized by federal agents

February 28, 2012 | 11:11 pm

Confiscated methamphetamine

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in Imperial County seized more than $2 million worth of cocaine and methamphetamine in two separate incidents, federal authorities said Tuesday.

In the first incident, a 40-year-old Mexican citizen was pulled over at a checkpoint while driving a vehicle on Highway 86 near the Salton Sea. Authorities found 11 packets of cocaine hidden in compartments of the Chevrolet Malibu, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The cocaine weighed about 27 pounds and had a street value of about $880,000.

In the second incident, three Mexican citizens -- a father, his adult son and his underage daughter -- were pulled over by Border Patrol agents. They found 42 packages of methamphetamine hidden in compartments throughout the Honda Accord, according to federal authorities.

The packages weighed 52 pounds and had a street value of more than $1.67 million.

The suspects, vehicles and drugs were turned over the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Photo: Confiscated methamphetamine. Credit: Department of Homeland Security

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