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Border Patrol Agents Discover $200K in Fentanyl Hidden in Grocery Containers

Release Date: 
July 28, 2020
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Testing positive for fentanyl, the packages weighed
13.12 pounds and have an estimated
street value of $200,000.

PINE VALLEY, Calif. — Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint arrested a woman on Monday who had 39 packages of fentanyl inside her car.

On July 27, at approximately 2 p.m., a woman driving a blue 2013 Chevrolet Malibu approached the I-8 checkpoint.  As agents questioned her, a K-9 performed a sniff of her vehicle and alerted.  The driver was referred to secondary inspection for further investigation.

Agents searched the car and discovered 39 plastic-wrapped packages inside the trunk in grocery containers.  Testing positive for fentanyl, the packages weighed 13.12 pounds and have an estimated street value of $200,000.

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Agents searched the car and discovered
39 plastic-wrapped packages inside the
trunk in grocery containers.

The woman, a 28-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 138 pounds of fentanyl since October 1, 2019.

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: 
July 28, 2020