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USBP Discovers 43 Pounds of Meth Concealed in Vehicle

Release Date: 
April 14, 2020

PINE VALLEY, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman at the I-8 checkpoint near Pine Valley on Monday afternoon who had bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside her vehicle.

The narcotic bundles were located in the vehicle’s rear-quarter panels and are valued at more than $98,000.The incident began yesterday, April 13, at approximately 1:10 p.m., when agents referred a Dodge Journey to secondary inspection after a K-9 alerted to the vehicle.

Agents searched the vehicle and found 42 bundles hidden inside both rear quarter panels.  The bundles tested positive for methamphetamine, weighed 43.78 pounds, and has an estimated street value of $98,505.

The driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested.  Both the woman and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Since October 1, 2019, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents have seized more than 1,956 pounds of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of more than $4 million dollars. Methamphetamine seizures in San Diego Sector are up more than 7 percent from year-to-date FY19.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on 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 3, 2021