TEMECULA, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man yesterday who had more than half a million dollars of cocaine hidden in his car.
At approximately noon, agents from the Newton-Azrak Station near Temecula stopped and questioned a 24-year-old U.S. citizen on I-15. A nearby K-9 team conducted a sniff of the man’s car. The K-9 alerted and agents searched the vehicle. They discovered 20 bundles of cocaine hidden in the car’s rocker panels.
The cocaine weighed approximately 50.93 pounds and has an estimated street value of $662,090.
Agents arrested the man and turned him over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 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.