A 28-year-old Mexican national was nabbed by U.S. Border Patrol agents Tuesday after he allegedly attempted to smuggle 22 pounds of meth through the I-15 checkpoint near Temecula.
According to a news release issued by the Border Patrol, at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday agents flagged the suspect who was driving a silver 2000 Volkswagen Jetta.
“Agents became suspicious of the man’s nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection,” the news release stated. “A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert.”
Agents searched the car and found 13 bundles of methamphetamine worth an estimated $441,000 inside a non-factory compartment under the driver’s side running board, according to the news release.
The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.