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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly $500K of Meth at I-8 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
January 25, 2013

PINE VALLEY, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 19-year-old female Mexican national attempting to smuggle nearly half a million dollars worth of methamphetamine yesterday.


The narcotics were hidden behind the front fenders of the silver 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.


On Wednesday at approximately 4:30 p.m., agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley encountered a woman driving a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. The woman was referred for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the driver's side fender. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 10 packages of methamphetamine under the driver's side fender and 13 packages under the front passenger fender. The 23 bundles weighed 24.91 pounds and had an estimated street value of $498,200.

The suspected smuggler is being held in Department of Homeland Security custody pending criminal prosecution. The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and 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 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.

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February 9, 2017