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Border Patrol Apprehends Senior Citizen with almost Half a Million Dollars of Meth at I-8 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
November 14, 2013

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.

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February 3, 2021