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Border Patrol K-9 Team Finds Valentine’s Day Narcotics Load in Gas Tank

Release Date: 
February 16, 2017

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents seized a heroin and methamphetamine load valued at more than $400,000 on Tuesday on northbound Interstate 5 near San Clemente.

Shortly before noon, agents on patrol spotted a 1993 Ford F-150 pickup truck pulled over onto the shoulder of Interstate 5, about half a mile south of the Border Patrol checkpoint.  A Border Patrol agent pulled over behind the truck to speak to the driver, a 27-year-old male Mexican national.

During the encounter, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the pickup truck.  Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 19 bundles of methamphetamine and brown heroin stashed inside the gas tank.  The methamphetamine weighed 48.61 pounds and has an estimated street value of $165,274.  The heroin weighed 28.66 pounds and has an estimated street value of $272,270.  The combined value was $437,544.

Agents discover The 19 bundles of narcotics valued at $437,544.
Agents discover bundles of drugs
inside gas tank.

“Due to the diligence of this K-9 team, we once again have prevented dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities,” stated Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge Jeffery Mielke.

The driver was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the narcotics.  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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021