Temecula, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 15 checkpoint intercepted a narcotics smuggling attempt yesterday resulting in the seizure of more than 39 pounds of methamphetamine.
At approximately 10:20 a.m., agents encountered a 23-year-old male United States citizen driving a blue 1996 Subaru Outback as he arrived to the checkpoint. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection.
A Border Patrol K-9 performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert to the interior. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 16 bundles of methamphetamine inside two non-factory compartments under the driver and passenger seats. The methamphetamine weighed 39.02 pounds and had an estimated street value of $780,400.
The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major 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.