PINE VALLEY, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents caught a 65-year-old woman suspected of smuggling more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine at the Pine Valley checkpoint Wednesday morning.
Border Patrol agents encountered the woman at around 7:14 a.m., as she approached the checkpoint in a 2006 Ford Taurus. A K-9 team, operating in the pre-primary inspection area, produced an alert to the vehicle. Agents directed the woman to secondary inspection for a more thorough examination.
Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a hidden compartment built into the rear seat. The compartment contained a black trash bag filled with 28 bundles of methamphetamine. The bundles weighed 30.56 pounds and had an estimated street value of $458,000.
The suspected smuggler and drugs were turned over to a Drug Enforcement Administration task force for further investigation. The U.S. Border Patrol seized the vehicle.
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.