MURRIETA, Calif.—Border Patrol agents working on Interstate 15 seized 58 bundles of narcotics from the vehicle of a 39-year-old woman last Friday. The narcotics are valued at more than $800,000.
At around 10 a.m., agents encountered a 2014 Ford Focus driven by a female U.S. citizen near Temecula on I-15. While conducting an interview, the agent’s K-9 alerted to the woman’s sedan. Agents searched her car and found several bundles of narcotics beneath the passenger side floorboard. The woman was arrested and she and her vehicle were taken to a nearby station.
At the station, agents conducted a closer inspection of the vehicle and discovered additional bundles of narcotics throughout the car. In all, agents confiscated 46.56 pounds of methamphetamine, 10.45 pounds of black tar heroin, and 39.66 pounds of cocaine. The narcotics were valued at $868,154.
The woman was arrested for narcotic smuggling and turned over to state authorities. 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.
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.