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Border Patrol Apprehends Man with Crystal Meth at California Checkpoint

Release Date: 
July 18, 2013

PINE VALLEY, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a crystal meth smuggling attempt at the Pine Valley checkpoint early Monday morning.

 

Border Patrol agents reveal a package of crystal meth hidden in vehicle's dashboard.

Border Patrol agents, with the aid of a narcotics detector dog, uncovered a package of crystal meth hidden in vehicle's dashboard.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., agents encountered a 34-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse as it arrived at the checkpoint. The driver displayed suspicious behaviors and was referred for secondary inspection. A nearby K-9 alerted to the vehicle as it drove into the secondary inspection area. Agents searched and discovered 21 bundles of crystal meth in the dashboard of the vehicle. The bundles weighed 23.55 pounds and had an estimated street value of $353,250.

The suspected smuggler is being held by the Department of Homeland Security for further investigation. The narcotics were turned over to a multi-agency drug task force; the 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: 
February 9, 2017