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Agents Find Heroin Stashed Inside Hidden Compartment

Release Date: 
September 29, 2015

PINE VALLEY, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents in East County San Diego intercepted a man and woman on Sunday who had a cache of heroin inside a compartment welded to their truck.

Agents discovered nearly eight pounds of black tar heroin inside a non-factory compartment beneath the truck.At approximately 10 a.m., Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint referred a 33-year-old male Mexican national and his 31-year-old female companion to secondary inspection.  A  K-9 sniff of the man’s 2005 Nissan Frontier resulted in a positive alert.  Agents searched the vehicle and were able to remove a package of black tar heroin from a non-factory compartment beneath the truck.  Due to the complexity of the hidden compartment, it took several hours for agents to remove the additional bundles of heroin.

The seven packages of heroin weighed 7.94 pounds and have an estimated street value of $210,000.

The man, female passenger, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Last fiscal year, heroin seizures in San Diego Sector increased by 45.4 percent to more than 2,880 ounces.

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: 
February 9, 2017