PINE VALLEY, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents halted a narcotics smuggling attempt Thursday morning at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley. The seizure yielded more than half-a-million dollars' worth of methamphetamine concealed inside a pick-up truck.
At approximately 9:45 a.m., agents encountered a 43-year-old female United States citizen in a 1992 white Ford F-150 at the checkpoint. Agents referred the woman for a secondary inspection after a K-9 alerted to the truck. Agents searched the truck and discovered 16 packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the rear bench seat. The narcotics weighed 29.52 pounds and had an estimated street value of $590,000.
The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The subject was arrested and transferred to the San Diego Metropolitan Correction Center. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2013, San Diego Sector Border Patrol has seized more than 470 pounds of methamphetamine.
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.