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Agents Discover Meth Hidden in Battery Chargers

Release Date: 
September 9, 2019

CAMPO, Calif. —U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man at the Pine Valley checkpoint who had crystal meth stashed inside two hollowed out portable battery chargers last week.


On Sept. 5, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a man drove a blue 2003 Honda Accord to the Interstate 8 westbound checkpoint.  Agents referred the man to the secondary inspection area for further investigation.  Once there, a K-9 team alerted to the trunk of the sedan. As agents searched the Honda, they noticed two battery jump starter boxes in the trunk. The K-9 handler involved in the search, noticed his partner alerting primarily to both boxes.


Agents opened the cardboard boxes and discovered a battery charger in each box.  Upon further inspection, agents discovered two plastic-wrapped packages concealed inside each battery charger. 


The contents tested positive for characteristics of crystal methamphetamine.  The total weight of both bundles was 11.24 pounds and had an estimated street value of $25,852.


The man, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest.  The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.


San Diego Sector has seized approximately 3,980 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $9,154,000 since October 1, 2018.


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.          

Last modified: 
September 10, 2019