Border Patrol Stops Drug Smuggler on I-8
PINE VALLEY, Calif.—Border Patrol agents arrested a man in Pine Valley yesterday afternoon who had more than 40 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside his sport utility vehicle.
On Oct. 24, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Border Patrol agents near the I-8 checkpoint encountered an Acura MDX headed westbound on Interstate 8.
During the encounter, one of the agents did an exterior search of the Acura with a Border Patrol K-9, resulting in an alert.
Agents performed a more thorough search of the vehicle and discovered 38 bundles of methamphetamine hidden inside the natural voids in the vehicle’s rear-quarter panels.
The bundles of methamphetamine weighed 42.32 pounds and had an estimated street value of $80,408.
The driver, a 35-year-old U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.