2 Murrieta Traffic Stops Net $626K In Illegal Drugs: US Border Patrol – Murrieta, CA Patch

MURRIETA, CA — More than $600,000 worth of illegal drugs were found this week in Murrieta after U.S. Border Patrol agents conducted two separate traffic stops in the city, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday.
Both incidents occurred Tuesday. The first happened at about 12 p.m. when agents assigned to Murrieta’s Theodore Newton and George Azrak Border Patrol Station pulled over a driver on Interstate 15. Inside the vehicle, 33 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $448,500 were found, according to the federal agency.
About 15 minutes later, agents from the same station stopped a driver at the Murrieta Hot Springs offramp on Interstate 215. Inside the vehicle, agents found a 40-caliber handgun, 9.4 pounds of fentanyl and 4.9 pounds of heroin. The estimated street value of the haul was $178,000, the agency reported.
The vehicles were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The suspects, narcotics and handgun were turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, according to the federal agency.

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