Two siblings were busted by U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Clemente, Calif., Thursday with dozens of pounds of cocaine stashed inside their SUV as they attempted to cross a checkpoint, officials said.
The border bust happened at the Interstate 5 checkpoint around 7 a.m. after agents stopped two Mexican nationals traveling in a 2003 Ford Explorer. When asked why they were in the U.S., the siblings told agents they were here to do some shopping.
The duo was referred for a secondary inspection. When a K-9 sniffed their vehicle, a positive alert was given to agents.
Officials said Border Patrol agents searched the SUV and discovered 20 bundles of drugs hidden beneath the floor, in the hatchback portion of the vehicle. The bundles contained more than 54 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $702,130, Border Patrol officials said.
The siblings and drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The suspects now face charges for smuggling drugs.
Their names were not released.
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