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Cash Stuffed In Baby Wipes And Meth Hidden In Tire Uncovered By U.S. Border Patrol

The cash and methamphetamine were seized during two separate alleged smuggling attempts Tuesday.

U.S. Border Patrol agents thwarted two separate smuggling attempts this week near Southwest Riverside County, the agency reported today.

At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, Border Patrol agents stopped a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2006 Mercury Montego, along with an 18-year-old female Mexican national passenger, on Interstate 15 north near Temecula. 

With the help of a Border Patrol K-9 team, agents discovered 17 vacuum-sealed bundles of methamphetamine inside of a large tire located in the trunk, according to U.S. Border Patrol agent Scott Simon.

“The narcotics weighed 18.74 pounds and had an estimated street value of $374,800,” Simon reported.

The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration; the female passenger is being held in Department of Homeland Security custody pending removal proceedings, and the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol, Simon reported.

A few hours earlier, U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped a 35-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2009 Ford Econoline, along with a 36-year-old male Mexican national passenger, on the I-15 south near Rainbow. 

A Border Patrol K-9 team alerted agents and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a total of $17,863 concealed inside packages of baby wipes, shop towels, and gloves, Simon reported. The men were booked into Vista County Jail on bulk cash smuggling charges; the currency and vehicle were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol, the agent reported.

Constant Comment October 26, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I bet they're sorry about havin to 'wipe' their azz on all that money! }~)
Sew Good October 26, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I am amazed that they are able to nail these people. How do they determine who is suspicious? How do the K-9s alert the agents? The times I've had to stop through that point, traffic just slowed to a crawl and then continues on. Not a waste of tax dollars when they catch'em!
LBV Collins October 26, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Hi CM. While I agree with lengthy prison sentences for traffickers, I disagree that it acts as a deterrent. There's just too much easy money to be made... and i think that as soon as we catch and imprison one smuggler, there's another one ready, willing, and able to take his/her place. Very sad.
lori October 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Keep up the good work try to ship some of the illegals back while your at it!!!!!!
Rob October 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Irony or hypocrisy? The border patrol found some Meth and cash on an American 70 miles north of the border. NO ONE is getting "shipped backed" for illegal entry. They are ticketed and told to come to court. Head to the community clinic in Fallbrook or Temecula. Go by Stampede in Old Town or St. Peter's in Fallbrook and you can find more illegals looking for work than are arrested at the the checkpoint. I tell you what, take these check points and put them on the roads leading to clinics, WIC or any of the largely Hispanic communities and they will be 100x more effective. That or follow their names in a literal sense, and put them on the border. Patrols in Rainbow and San Onofre are not on the border, nor are they patrolling the border. Look at the arrest logs, these are nothing more than polic check points for Americans. This Country is not serious about stopping illegal immigration, nor deporting illegal immigrants. Heck, Frisco wants them to be able to VOTE! LA is a sanctuary city. Look around people, border security and patrol is an utter failure, not by the men and women in uniform but by US as citizens electing fools.

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