Saul Cabello, 21, and Josue Aguirre, 18, of Mexicali were booked into the Imperial County Jail, according to a news release from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office. They were traveling in a vehicle northbound on Highway 86 when a deputy, noticing numerous minor traffic violations consistent with a person driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both, pulled the vehicle over.
The driver, Cabello, appeared to the deputy to be nervous and his statements were inconsistent with his actions, according to the press release. The deputy’s suspicions were raised, and he radioed for a Border Patrol K-9 unit for additional assistance.
The vehicle was transported back to the Highway 86 checkpoint to be x-rayed, where anomalies were seen in all four tires. The tires were split open, and 50 pounds of black tar heroin and 32.9 pounds of methamphetamines were discovered. The two narcotics had an approximate street value of $996,000.