TEMECULA, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 23-year-old man last Thursday who was smuggling a large quantity of methamphetamine inside his car.
The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. when agents patrolling Interstate 15 initiated a vehicle stop on a 2003 Nissan Sentra. A K-9 sniff of the sedan resulted in a positive alert.
During a search of the vehicle, agents located 50 bundles of methamphetamine hidden under the carpet of the driver’s seat. The bundles weighed 68.34 pounds and are worth an estimated $683,400.
The man was arrested and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The suspect faces federal charges for drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. 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.