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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize $426K Meth Stash Near I-5 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
July 22, 2010

San Clemente, Calif. - Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered 10 wrapped packages of methamphetamine inside a Nissan Frontier pick-up truck approximately one mile south of the I-5 checkpoint.

Border Patrol agents located methamphetamine inside a speaker box.

Border Patrol agents located methamphetamine inside a speaker box.

At approximately 1 p.m., a 25-year-old male U.S citizen was arrested in connection with the seizure after agents encountered him with the Nissan parked on the interstate median. After questioning the driver, a Border Patrol K-9 team conducted an external check of the vehicle. The K-9 team alerted to the rear seat area of the pick-up, prompting agents to conduct an inspection of the truck's interior.

Agents detected seven bundles of methamphetamine hidden inside of a speaker box atop the rear seat. An additional three bundles of methamphetamine were found behind the rear seat. The bundles had a total weight of 23.72 pounds with an estimated street value of $426,960.

Agents later turned custody of the suspected smuggler and narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

While U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego Sector maintain a strong enforcement posture on the immediate border to detect and interdict all potential cross-border threats, a layered enforcement posture is also maintained along major routes of egress through coordinated enforcement operations and interior checkpoints.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017