Meth bundles found at checkpoint

Meth bundles found at checkpoint

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – A man suspected of transporting more than 38 pounds of methamphetamine in the car he was driving was arrested by Border Patrol agents.

The 36-year-old man was traveling in a Chevrolet Malibu when he drove up to the Highway 86 checkpoint near the Salton Sea Saturday afternoon.

At the checkpoint, agents say a K-9 team alerted the car.

A total of 18 vacuum-sealed bundles of meth were found hidden in the car’s rocker panels during a secondary inspection.

The man, who was a lawfully admitted permanent resident of Mexico, was turned over to the DEA for investing.

Agents say the drugs were worth approximately $381,000 in the streets.



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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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