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Border Patrol Nabs Meth and Heroin at I-5 Checkpoint

In two different busts over the last week, the U.S. Border Patrol seized more than $1 million in drugs.

In two different stops at the Interstate-5 checkpoint, the U.S. Border Patrol seized methamphetamine and heroin worth more than $1 million.

The first smuggling attempt was Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 19-year-old United States citizen driving a 1997 black Honda Civic at the I-5 checkpoint, according to a release from the Border Patrol.

Agents became suspicious of the driver and his 20-year-old passenger’s nervous demeanors and sent the car for inspection by drug-sniffing dogs.

Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 13 bundles of methamphetamine in a black duffle bag on the back seat. Upon discovery of the drugs, the driver of the vehicle ran from the checkpoint into traffic on the northbound I-5 and was quickly apprehended, according to the release.

The driver and his passenger, a United States citizen, were taken into custody and face Federal charges for drug smuggling. The methamphetamine weighed 27.67 pounds and had an estimated street value of $553,400, the release states.

Thursday, Border Patrol agents saw a gray 2003 Land Rover Freelander parked south of the checkpoint in San Clemente, according to the Border Patrol Release.

Agents approached the driver, a 33-year-old male U.S. citizen. After questioning the driver, agents brought in a drug dog, which discovered 13 bundles of heroin and 10 bundles of methamphetamine hidden in a makeshift compartment under the floorboard, the release states.

The heroin weighed 19.62 pounds and had an estimated street value of $235,440. The methamphetamine weighed 12.79 pounds and had an estimated street value of $255,800.

The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. 

Jay Berman July 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Last week the Homeland Security announced they are eliminating interior border patrol stations .... makes one wonder ....
bobbie wertman January 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Our government has sold out to the cartel?

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