SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man last Thursday who had more than a quarter million dollars of methamphetamine hidden in his car.
At approximately 5 p.m., agents patrolling Interstate 5 observed a 2005 Ford Five Hundred sedan traveling north. Agents initiated a vehicle stop near the San Onofre power plant. After a brief conversation with the 34-year-old male Mexican national driver, agents asked and received permission to search the vehicle. A K-9 sniff of the car resulted in a positive alert. Agents searched the interior and discovered modifications to the rocker panel on the passenger side of the car. Inside were 22 bundles of methamphetamine wrapped in black plastic.
The bundles weighed 27.45 pounds and have an estimated value of $274,500.
Agents arrested the man and turned him over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. 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.