Yesterday afternoon Border Patrol agents east of San Diego arrested a female Mexican national trying to smuggle approximately half a million dollars worth of methamphetamine drugs.
The unnamed female arrived at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley driving a Chevrolet Cavalier. The Mexican national was greeted by agents at the checkpoint and then directed to a secondary inspection area for further examination.
“A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the driver’s side fender,” according to Border Patrol’s Mary Beth Caston. “Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 10 packages of methamphetamine under the driver’s side fender and 13 packages under the front passenger fender. The 23 bundles weighed 24.91 pounds and had an estimated street value of $498,200.”
Border Patrol agents at the scene took the suspected smuggler into custody and turned her over the Department of Homeland Security to face criminal prosecution. Agents turned over the drugs to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Border Patrol seized the vehicle.
In an effort to prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol encourages the public to report suspicious activity to the San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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