SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.— San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted a man on Friday who had bundles of crystal methamphetamine stashed inside the spare tire of his car.
At approximately 10 p.m., agents observed a 45-year-old male driving north on Interstate 5 and attempted a vehicle stop at the San Clemente Station checkpoint. The driver of the 2006 Jeep Commander failed to yield.
Agents followed the vehicle until it came to a stop at a local restaurant. The man fled on foot but was apprehended by agents.
A U.S. Border Patrol K-9 sniff was conducted on the Jeep, which resulted in a positive alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 18 bundles of crystal methamphetamine stuffed inside the spare tire.
The methamphetamine weighed 43.45 pounds with an estimated street value of $434,500.
Records checks revealed that the male driver is a Mexican national with an extensive criminal and immigration history. Agents turned the man and drugs over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Last fiscal year, San Diego Sector intercepted 1,797 pounds of methamphetamine.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.