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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.