Temecula, Calif.- U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted 11.2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a vehicle stop Oct. 6 on Interstate 15 in Temecula, Calif.
At about 8:45 a.m., agents stopped a Chrysler 300 driven by a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen of Hemet, Calif., on the interstate at the Rancho California Road exit. During the interview, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous actions, prompting them to investigate further.
A Border Patrol K-9 team was called to the scene to perform a cursory inspection of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert near the trunk. Agents then physically searched the vehicle and discovered a box inside the trunk holding five bundles containing a substance consistent with narcotics. The bundles, weighing in at 11.2 pounds, tested positive for crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $201,600.00.
The driver was arrested and turned over, along with the narcotics and suspected smuggling vehicle, to a multi-agency counter-narcotics task force.
Through coordinated enforcement operations, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a strong defense-in-depth enforcement posture along major distribution routes from the border to our nation's interior. The U.S. Border Patrol's key objective is to dismantle, and ultimately defeat criminal organizations responsible for crimes such as this.
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.