U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to an interior checkpoint on highway 15 prevented a large illegal drug smuggling attempt that resulted in the seizure of 56 pounds of methamphetamine.
The 56-year-old male Mexican national arrived at the Temecula checkpoint driving a Mercury Cougar when agents observed the man acting suspiciously. Border Patrol noted the nervous driver and directed him to a secondary inspection area.
“A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the vehicle’s interior,” according to Scott Simon, Information and communications agent in the San Diego Sector. “Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 24 bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside of the natural voids within the rear quarter panels behind both the driver’s and passenger’s seats.”
Border Patrol said the crystal meth weighed 56 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1,120,000. The suspected drug smuggler and methamphetamine were taken into custody and subsequently handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for further investigation and possible felony charges. Border Patrol impounded the blue Mercury Cougar
Border Patrol encourages residents “to say something if they see something” by contacting the San Diego agency at (619) 498-9900.
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