Heroin Smuggler Arrested At I-15 Checkpoint

Five bundles of heroin worth approximately $66,120 were allegedly found hidden in the engine of a 2001 Ford Escort, U.S. Border Patrol said.

Heroin worth an estimated $66,120 was confiscated Monday at the Interstate 15 U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint just south of Temecula.

The heroin — packaged in five bundles — was allegedly found hidden inside the engine of a 2001 Ford Escort, said San Diego Border Patrol Sector spokesperson Mary Beth Caston, in a news release.

At about 10 a.m. Monday, agents referred the driver of the Ford, a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen, to secondary inspection when they "became suspicious of (his) nervous demeanor," Caston said.

A Border Patrol K-9 team conducted a cursory inspection of the car, resulting in an alert, she said.

"Agents searched the vehicle and discovered five bundles of heroin inside a compartment disguised to resemble a valve cover," Caston said.

The heroin weighed 5.51 pounds with an estimated street value of $66,120, she said.

The suspected smuggler — whose name was not provided — and narcotics were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation, she said.

The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol, she said.

Cat July 18, 2012 at 06:39 AM
That looks just like something that I stepped in once! :~(
Mr.A July 18, 2012 at 09:53 AM
Good to know they got this amount of Heroin off our streets...
Ken Mayes July 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Since 2001 heroin production in Afghanistan has gone from 185 tons to 5,800 tons. This is not even a drop in the bucket.
Cat July 18, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Yeah, but it's a good start. :~)
Vince July 18, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Prolly sorry he didn't use the ol' "up the keester trick" now! Sorta looks like he did thoughm or whomever he got it from used that trick....jes' sayin'.


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