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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Prevent $1.12 Million Methamphetamine Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
February 15, 2012

 

U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered 24 bundles of methamphetamine in a blue 1999 Mercury Cougar.

U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered 24 bundles of methamphetamine in a blue 1999 Mercury Cougar.

TEMECULA, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 15 checkpoint prevented a narcotics smuggling attempt yesterday resulting in the seizure of 56 pounds of methamphetamine.

At approximately 3:45 p.m., agents encountered the 56-year-old male Mexican national driver of a blue 1999 Mercury Cougar as he arrived to the checkpoint. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection.

 

The bundles were hidden inside of the natural voids within the vehicle's rear quarter panels.

The bundles were hidden inside of the natural voids within the vehicle's rear quarter panels.

A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the vehicle's interior. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 24 bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside of the natural voids within the rear quarter panels behind both the driver's and passenger's seats.

 

 

Agents seized a total of 56 pounds of methamphetamine.

Agents seized a total of 56 pounds of methamphetamine.

The methamphetamine weighed a total of 56 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1,120,000. The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The Mercury Cougar was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

 

 

The 24 bundles are worth an estimated $1,120,000 on the street.

The 24 bundles are worth an estimated $1,120,000 on the street.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017