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U.S. Border Patrol agents in North County seized nearly a million dollars’ worth of drugs in two stops earlier this week.

In one, a Mexican national was stopped in a parking lot near Interstate 5 in Oceanside. A drug-sniffing dog alerted on the car’s dashboard and, upon searching the vehicle, agents found over a pound of methamphetamine, valued at over $24,000.

Earlier in the day, another Mexican citizen driving a 2000 Nissan Sentra was stopped at the checkpoint near San Onofre. When agents became suspicious of the driver he was ordered into secondary inspection, where a dog again alerted and agents, upon dismantling a subwoofer speaker box in the trunk, discovered 84 pounds of cocaine and another 2 pounds of heroin, which they collectively valued at over $950,000.

Both men were apprehended and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for further investigation.

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Visduh Jan. 18, 2013 @ 7:57 a.m.

The Border Patrol was actually using that checkpoint? It's been years since I've been stopped while driving north on I-5 through there. For a couple years I commuted to So OC, and they would not stop traffic during the rush hour, even though the operation was staffed. I've wondered since then just why it is there. It also seemed that once the checkpoint was put into permanent quarters they lost interest in using it. The special lane for pre-approved travelers was never activated as far as I could determine. Well, if you're smuggling and you haven't been stopped there in years, seeing that in operation is a real "Surprise, surprise, surprise, Sorgent Carter" moment!

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Dave Rice Jan. 18, 2013 @ 12:10 p.m.

I found it remarkable myself - I've only see the checkpoint operating once in 50+ trips through over the last few years.

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Ken Harrison Jan. 21, 2013 @ 5:02 a.m.

They can't operate it when traffic gets heavy, but the do scope out on coming cars even when closed.

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