East County News Service
Photo: Agents pulled 114 packages of meth that was hidden inside a small car.
August 2, 2019 (Campo) -- U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man Thursday night who had 114 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside his vehicle.
At 7:35 p.m., agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint observed a grey Mazda 3 approach. As agents questioned the driver, a Border Patrol K-9 team performed a sniff of the vehicle, resulting in an alert. The agent then sent the male driver to secondary inspection for further examination.
While in secondary, a K-9 performed another sniff of the vehicle, resulting in an alert near the trunk compartment. Agents searched and discovered 114 plastic-wrapped bundles concealed in the vehicle’s door and rear-quarter panels.
The bundles contained 119 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $237,700.
The driver, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest and the vehicle was seized by the Border Patrol. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.