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Staff report

San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents made an arrest on Thursday after discovering more than $312,000 of white heroin hidden inside a vehicle.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., agents patrolling Interstate 5 initiated a vehicle stop on a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban north of the San Clemente Border Patrol checkpoint.  A Border Patrol K-9 unit conducted a sniff of the vehicle that resulted in a positive alert.  Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 12 plastic-wrapped packages containing 16 pounds of heroin.

The heroin has an estimated street value of $312,094.  The male driver and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Last fiscal year, the San Diego Sector seized more than 180 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of more than $2.5 million.


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  • Heroin is a very bad thing but apparently there is no shortage of supply despite all the wasted time, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and aggravation that check point causes all of us. I tried to add up all the wasted time out of my life that checkpoint has cost me over the past 4 decades and while an exact figure eludes me? It adds up to weeks if not months of my life stolen from me by our failed drug-war and immigration policies. Curious to know if anyone ever does the math and figures out how much it cost the tax-payers to take this “$312,000” worth of H off the street? This tax-payer would love to see an end to this whack-a-mole waste of time and resources.

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