Agents Find More Than $270K in Meth
CAMPO, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man yesterday evening who had 114 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside his vehicle on Thursday.
On Aug. 1st, at approximately 7:35 p.m., Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint observed a grey Mazda 3 approach the checkpoint. As agents questioned the driver, a Border Patrol K-9 team performed a sniff of the vehicle, resulting in an alert. The agent then sent the male driver to secondary inspection for further examination.
While in secondary, a K-9 performed another sniff of the vehicle, resulting in an alert near the trunk compartment. Agents searched and discovered 114 plastic-wrapped bundles concealed in the vehicle’s door and rear-quarter panels.
The bundles contained 119 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $237,700.
The driver, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Since October 1, 2019, San Diego Sector has seized approximately 2,789 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $6,414,700.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.