SAN DIEGO – Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Newton Azrak Border Patrol Station arrested a United States citizen attempting to smuggle methamphetamine in child booster seats.
Agents conducted a vehicle stop northbound on Interstate 15 – north of the Newton Azrak Border Patrol Station checkpoint on June 15th. The vehicle was occupied by two adults and their children.
A Border Patrol K9 team was dispatched and alerted the agents to the presence of narcotics inside the children’s three booster seats. In those booster seats, several packages were found containing a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.
The driver was found in possession of 26.9 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $60,000.
The driver of the car and the narcotics were turned over to the Inland Crackdown Allied Taskforce for prosecution. The vehicle was seized by Border Patrol. The four children and their mother were released.
“Our agents continue to work around the clock to protect our communities,” said Aaron M. Heitke, Chief Patrol Agent at the San Diego Sector. “Drug smugglers will use any means necessary to get their poison onto our streets. Nothing is sacred to them, not even family.”
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