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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Intercepts Liquid Methamphetamine Valued at More Than $300,000

Release Date: 
October 19, 2010

Pine Valley, Calif. - Last night, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 21-year-old male Mexican national for attempting to smuggle more than 19 pounds of liquid methamphetamine through a checkpoint inspection on Interstate 8 near Pine Valley, Calif.

Windshield washer fluid reservoir inside engine compartment

Agents encountered the man as he arrived to the checkpoint at about 9:50 p.m., driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. As agents questioned the suspect, his inconsistent answers and nervous demeanor prompted agents to refer him to a secondary inspection area.

A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the Trailblazer, resulting in a positive alert to the front of the vehicle. Agents performed an inspection of the vehicle's interior resulting in the discovery of 19.2 pounds of liquid methamphetamine inside the windshield washer fluid reservoir.

The suspected smuggler, and the methamphetamine which had an estimated street value of $346,037 were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Through coordinated enforcement operations, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a strong defense-in-depth enforcement posture along the major routes of egress from the border to our nation's interior. The U.S. Border Patrol targets transnational threats in an attempt to disrupt, dismantle and defeat criminal organizations.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017