Approximately 11 kilograms – or more than 24 pounds – of methamphetamine was discovered in a secret compartment in the passenger side floorboard of their Honda Civic when the suspects were pulled over on Nov. 4, 2019, as well as one kilogram (or 2.2 pounds) of heroin, according to court documents.

Two Bakersfield residents who were pulled over on Interstate 5 in Siskiyou County last year were indicted by a federal grand jury today for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

Luis Hernandez-Guzman, 26, and Fernanda Jasmin Ayala-Zamora, 22, have been charged with conspiring to distribute the drugs, as well as possession with intent to distribute them, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said in a press release.

Approximately 11 kilograms – or more than 24 pounds – of methamphetamine was discovered in a secret compartment in the passenger side floorboard of their Honda Civic when they were pulled over on Nov. 4, 2019, as well as one kilogram (or 2.2 pounds) of heroin, according to court documents.

California Highway Patrol Officer Justin Haynes stopped the Civic as it was headed northbound on I-5 for following too closely behind a semi truck, the U.S. Attorney’s office reported.

Interviews at the scene with both the driver, Hernandez-Guzman, and the passenger, Ayala-Zamora, “uncovered inconsistencies in their respective stories regarding their destination and the purpose of their journey,” according to a press release. “At the officers’ request, both individuals consented to a search of the vehicle.”

Court documents say Hayes and CHP Officer Collin Lowry noticed that carpeting in the car’s passenger footwell did not match factory standard construction and had been placed over a slightly raised area. When they pulled back the carpet, which had been glued down, a hidden compartment was revealed with 25 cellophane-wrapped packages of what was later determined to be crystal meth inside.

The kilogram of heroin was located inside a grocery bag under the passenger seat, the press release states.

“Based on my training and experience, I know that the quantity of methamphetamine and heroin located in the vehicle far exceeds any amount reasonably expected for personal use, and is instead consistent with a distribution-level quantity,” wrote Special Agent Dennis Hale from the Drug Enforcement Administration in the criminal complaint.

The case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the CHP and the Siskiyou Unified Major Investigation Team, known as SUMIT. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Conolly is prosecuting the case, the release states.

If convicted, both defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison. They also face a fine of up to $10 million, according to the release.

“Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” the release states.