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Agents Foil Smuggler Hauling Heroin and Meth

Release Date: 
March 28, 2017

BONSALL, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 15 arrested a 39-year-old man yesterday who had heroin and methamphetamine hidden inside his car.

Agents pulled packages of drugs from seat backs.
Agents pulled packages of drugs
from seat backs.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Border Patrol agents initiated a stop on a 2005 Nissan Altima near the intersection of I-15 and State Route 76. A K-9 sniff of the man’s car resulted in a positive alert. The agents searched the vehicle and discovered 23 packages stuffed inside the back seats of the car. One seat had seven bundles, the other had 16 bundles.

Two of the packages contained 7.03 pounds of black tar heroin and 21 packages contained 27.16 pounds of methamphetamine. The narcotics has a combined estimated street value of $169,674.

The suspect and drugs were turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Nissan vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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: 
March 29, 2017