U.S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly $300,000 in narcotics at the San Clemente checkpoint this week, including $16,000 worth of hydriodic acid, the chemical used in the production of the drug methamphetamine or "crystal meth."
The hydriodic acid would have been enough to make 64 pounds of methamphetamine, Border Patrol Agent Doug Becktel said.
"We haven't seen that kind of substance in a while," Becktel said. "We usually just get a handful at a time during the year."
Also seized this week were 280 pounds of marijuana valued at $225,000 and more than a pound of cocaine valued at $57,900, Becktel said.