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U.S. Customs and Border Protection(SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.) — Border Patrol agents arrested a man smuggling over $500,000 worth of cocaine in the car that he was travelling in with his wife and son. The arrest took place on Thursday in San Clemente, California, when agents observed a suspicious vehicle traveling past them at around 85 MPH, weaving between lanes and around drivers, according to ABC News affiliate KGTV. The vehicle stopped at a shopping mall, where the driver walked about quickly with his wife, before being confronted by agents who asked for consent to search their vehicle. The couple agreed and agents uncovered a duffel bag containing 20 brick-shaped packages of cocaine, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Border Patrol. Agents also discovered a package of cocaine in a shopping bag near the infant’s car seat. The 21 packages of cocaine weighed over 51lbs combined, and authorities estimate it has a street value of $512,500.As agents questioned the male driver of the vehicle, his wife took their infant son to a nearby mall, saying she needed to use the restroom. The pair did not return and were subsequently located around a quarter of a mile from the site of the arrest. The driver, identified only as a 34-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over, along with the seized cocaine, to the Orange Country Drug Enforcement Administration office. The mother and infant were released. Though valued at a significant amount of money, the haul is relatively minor compared to some made in recent years. In March 2019, authorities in New York seized 3,200 pounds of cocaine in a shipping container, which had an estimated street value of $77 million.In June of the same year, authorities in Philadelphia seized 16.5 tons of cocaine from a cargo ship, which had a street value of $1 billion. In total, authorities seized 388,970 pounds of cocaine at border crossings or in domestic field operations between 2012 and 2018, according to the most recent data available from the Congressional Research Service. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s buoy season and that means underwater lake action. Divers from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary are out on a mission to persevere shipwrecks in Lake Huron.“The ‘mooring buoys’ are really the best way of protecting these shipwrecks. Typically a lot of divers in the past would drop their anchors into that wreck and over time pieces and parts of that wreck can be broken because of that and so by putting a training wheel by it and attaching the buoy system directly to that you no longer have to put an anchor into the wreck or no longer tie it to the wreck. It’s a fantastic way of physically preserving the shipwrecks,” Archeologist, Wayne Lusardi said.Established about 15 years ago, the mooring buoy system has about 40 buoys out on the waters as far north as Rogers City, and as far south as the Greenbush area.“Getting buoys like this into Lake Huron takes about two weeks. That’s why divers cross their fingers when it comes to weather.”“A lot of times when it’s raining its ok to go out. When it’s really windy the conditions it can get awful on the lake. Anything more than 2 to 3 foot waves can really be dangerous. We try to go to places where’s there’s not that much wind or waves. It’s usually a slow process when the weather doesn’t cooperate. When it’s flat and calm and beautiful like today, we hope to get maybe a dozen or so out.” Lusardi said.“These buoys right here weigh up to 100 lbs, that’s why teamwork is so important.”“The small boat fits 5 to 6 people comfortable. Most of us are divers so we will rotate through and load about half dozen or so buoys on the boat. When we deploy those buoys we’ll then come back pick up a second load and refill our tanks and go back out,” Lusardi finished. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Lake Huron, Mooring Buoys, Preserving ShipwrecksContinue ReadingPrevious Onaway High School Holds Mock Interview for Graduating SeniorsNext Local Girl Scouts Take a Tour of WBKB News