A 20-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested after Border Patrol reported finding nearly $400,000 worth of meth hidden in gym bags and a plastic container during a traffic stop in Indio.
The arrest happened Friday afternoon on Interstate 10 near the Golf Center Parkway exit.
Border Patrol agents conducting anti-smuggling operations on Interstate 10 performed a vehicle stop on a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe. The agency said a K-9 detection team alerted agents to the vehicle.
Agents searched the vehicle and found a plastic container and two gym bags that contained a total of 26 packages of narcotics, according to the agency.
"There were 19 packages that contained 46.7 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $126,630. The other seven packages contained 18 pounds of fentanyl with an estimated street value of $268,297," reads a Border Patrol news release.
The 20-year-old, narcotics, and vehicle were turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.