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Border Patrol Apprehends Woman at I-5 Checkpoint With Marijuana Inside Tires

Release Date: 
June 20, 2013

SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente yesterday who had marijuana bundles hidden in the tires of her vehicle.


Border Patrol agents locate marijuana inside subject vehicle tires

On Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., Border Patrol agents intercepted a woman who attempted to smuggle drugs inside her 2002 Nissan Xterra.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., agents encountered a 24-year-old female U.S. citizen driving a 2002 Nissan Xterra as it arrived at the checkpoint. The vehicle had a flat tire and the driver asked for assistance. As the driver pulled over, it appeared something was bouncing inside the wheel of the tire. A Border Patrol K-9 conducted a cursory inspection of the vehicle and alerted to the flat tire. Agents requested and received permission to search the SUV. Agents removed the four vehicle tires and discovered 24 bundles of marijuana in steel cases wrapped around the wheels. The bundles weighed 140.99 pounds and had an estimated street value of $211,485.


Border Patrol agents north of San Diego determined subject vehicle had marijuana filled tires

A K-9 alerted to the woman's flat tire and a subsequent search revealed marijuana bundles wrapped around the four wheels.

The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017