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Agents Foil Meth Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
October 1, 2019

CAMPO, Calif. — Border Patrol agents arrested two women at the Interstate 8 checkpoint who had crystal methamphetamine hidden inside their car on Saturday.


On Sept. 28 at approximately 12 p.m., a 2008 Saturn Aura approached the I-8 checkpoint.  Agents questioned the female driver and her passenger, then referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation.  Once there, a K-9 alerted to the sedan’s rear passenger tire.


Agents searched the Saturn and noticed discrepancies on the undercarriage of the vehicle.  Putting the car on a hydraulic lift, they discovered 48 plastic-wrapped bundles of crystal methamphetamine in an aftermarket compartment above the gas tank.  The bundles weighed 29.28 pounds and have an estimated street value of $67,344. 

Agents discover 48 bundles of crystal methamphetamine in an aftermarket compartment above the gas tank.
Agents discover 48 bundles of
crystal methamphetamine in
hidden compartment.


The women, both 19-year-old U.S. citizens, were 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 3,889 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $8,944,700 since Oct. 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 15, 2020