SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 24-year-old man yesterday who had more than 30 pounds of meth stuffed inside the body of his car.
The U.S. citizen driver arrived at the San Clemente checkpoint at approximately 7:30 p.m. and was referred for a secondary inspection. As agents asked routine questions, a K-9 sniff of the 2007 Dodge Caliber resulted in an alert. Agents searched the left rocker-panel area of the vehicle. When they removed the cover, they discovered a stack of freezer bags filled with methamphetamine. A total of 23 bags were eventually retrieved from both side panels.
The methamphetamine weighed approximately 33.09 pounds and has an estimated street value of $330,900.
Agents arrested the man for drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. He and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, while 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 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.