PINE VALLEY, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a meth smuggling attempt at the Pine Valley checkpoint Friday morning.
At approximately 10:45 a.m., agents encountered a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2010 Nissan Sentra as it arrived at the checkpoint. A K-9 alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred for secondary inspection. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a hidden compartment in the trunk of the vehicle. The compartment contained a large, black trash bag filled with bundles of crystal methamphetamine. The driver was arrested and the drugs were confiscated. The bundles weighed 22.71 pounds and had an estimated street value of $261,165.
The suspected smuggler was turned over to a Drug Enforcement Administration task force for further investigation. The drugs and vehicle were 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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.