Border Patrol Agent. Photo credit: Josh Denmark/CPB

Two suspected drug dealers were arrested near the U.S.- Mexico line in San Ysidro over the weekend when federal agents found about 45 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in their vehicles, authorities reported Monday.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent responding to a report of a pedestrian running to the north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 just north of the international line about 11 a.m. Sunday found a man matching the description of the freeway trespasser standing in a parking lot off Camino de la Plaza, talking to another man, according to USBP public affairs.

After a second officer arrived with a service dog, the personnel searched the suspects’ vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Jeep Grand Cherokee, finding 31 bundles of methamphetamine inside them. The narcotic stash would have had a street value of roughly $448,000, officials said.

The agents arrested the suspects — a 22-year-old Mexican national and a 32-year-old U.S citizen — and turned them over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration along with the drug haul. The Border Patrol seized the vehicles.

The arrestees’ names were withheld.

— City News Service

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