CALEXICO — The parking lot of Vons in Calexico was closed Thursday afternoon after state Department of Justice narcotics agents arrested two men for possession of what was later determined to be hidriodic acid, a precursor of methamphetamine.
Imperial County Narcotic Task Force agents who arrived later closed the parking lot because the acid can burn one's lungs, sometimes fatally.
NTF Cmdr. Ernie Limon said DOJ agents were patrolling the border looking for any suspicious activity around 3:30 p.m.
Around that time the agents noticed two suspicious vehicles in the Vons parking lot.
After a short time, the drivers drove up to each other and started to move six 2-and-a-half-gallon oil containers from the trunk of one vehicle to the other.
The men, identified as Miguel Eduardo Sandoval Valenzuela, 37, and Arturo Diaz Villa, 42, both of Mexicali, appeared nervous after agents approached them.