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Border Patrol Makes $441,000 Meth Bust At I-15 Checkpoint

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

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.

Mr.A July 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Don't drop the soap buddy! Lol! Like I Always Say You Do Bad, You End Up Worst....
Diana July 11, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Great job Border Patrol!
Jason EHS '99 July 11, 2012 at 11:27 PM
They can find the tweakers but not the illegals? Wow
Popeye July 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Nobody is illegal under God eye. Ha ha hA
Susimom July 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Damn tea-baggers. Huh Popeye?!
Mr.A July 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Lol! Tweekers don't have $5 to their name they're guppies, $441,000 worth of drugs, Now those Are Big Fish Buddy!
Spa pizzaz July 12, 2012 at 01:49 AM
The riverside hwy 15 check point makes so much money from stopping drugs, citing vehicle code infractions and impounding vehicles. Stopping a money maker like that doesn't sound logical. On the other hand, I won't have to worry about taking my illegal in-laws ( when asked) to their illegal relatives or even Disney land. I've sweated that scenario for over 20 yrs. Thank-you Federal bosses. Finally their wont be a back-up of drugs piling up in San Diego, especially in Rainbow and Fallbrook. Or even immigrants for that matter.

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