Border Patrol agents arrested two men on Interstate 15 near Temecula, each with 621 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle, officials announced Monday.
Agents first stopped a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe at the I-15 checkpoint, then pulled over a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche that had continued north on the highway. K-9 teams were summoned and detected drugs in both vehicles.
Agents searched the vehicles and discovered 25 bundles of marijuana in each cargo area. The combined street value of the drugs was $745,000.
A 31-year-old Mexican and 26-year-old American were arrested and turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff‘s office for prosecution.
Last fiscal year, the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector intercepted 17,500 pounds of marijuana, which was an increase of 63 percent from the prior year.
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