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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize more than $600K of Meth and nearly $18K of Bulk Currency near San Diego

Release Date: 
October 25, 2012

San Diego - U.S. Border Patrol agents have prevented three separate smuggling attempts since Monday resulting in a bulk cash seizure and two meth seizures.

The cash was concealed in multiple locations, including a package of baby wipes.

The cash was concealed in multiple locations, including a package of baby wipes.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Border Patrol agents stopped a 20-year-old male United States citizen driving a 2006 Mercury Montego along with his18-year-old female Mexican national passenger on the Interstate 15 (I-15) north near Temecula. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 17 vacuum-sealed bundles of methamphetamine inside of a large tire located in the trunk. The narcotics weighed 18.74 pounds and had an estimated street value of $374,800. The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The female passenger is being held in Department of Homeland Security custody pending removal proceedings. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

A few hours earlier, Border Patrol agents stopped a 35-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2009 Ford Econoline along with his 36-year-old male Mexican national passenger on the I-15 south near Rainbow, Calif. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a total of $17,863 concealed inside packages of baby wipes, shop towels, and gloves. The suspected smugglers were booked into Vista County Jail on bulk cash smuggling charges. The currency and vehicle were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

The third incident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday when Border Patrol agents encountered a 29-year-old male United States citizen driving a 1997 Jeep Cherokee. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered eight bundles of methamphetamine under the rear passenger seats. The bundles weighed a total of 11.46 pounds and had an estimated street value of $229,200. The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and turned over to the DEA. 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017