PHOTO: U.S. Customs & Border Protection
U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested a man and a woman after finding bundles of fentanyl hidden in their vehicle, according to a press release.
Just before 12:30 PM on March 24, a man driving a grey Audi A4 approached the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley. The vehicle was referred for secondary inspection after a canine team alerted to the presence of possible narcotics.
The occupants, a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, were escorted from the vehicle.
Agents then searched the vehicle and found two wrapped packages in a false compartment next to the battery. Both tested positive for fentanyl.
Officials say the packages weighed about 9.97 pounds and would fetch an estimated a street value of around $113,000.
The man and woman, both U.S. citizens, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.