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Border Patrol Agents Foil Drug Smuggler on I-15

Release Date: 
October 28, 2015

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 15 arrested a man Tuesday who had heroin and methamphetamine hidden in his SUV.

U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 15 arrested a man Tuesday who had heroin and methamphetamine hidden in his SUV.

U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 15 arrested a man Tuesday who had heroin and methamphetamine hidden in his SUV.

At approximately 3 p.m., agents pulled over the driver of a 2003 Ford Escape near the intersection of I-15 and Highway 76.  A Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the man’s vehicle and a search resulted in the discovery of eight bundles of narcotics taped onto the underside of the vehicle.

The eight packages contained 14.11 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 2.65 pounds of black tar heroin, and 5.58 pounds of white heroin.  Overall, the narcotics weighed 22.34 pounds and have an estimated street value of $281,690.

The man and drugs were turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The Ford Escape was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

In fiscal year 2014, San Diego Sector intercepted 1,797 pounds of methamphetamine and intercepted 2,880 ounces of heroin.

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