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A checkpoint inspection on Tuesday evening by U.S. Border Patrol agents led to the arrest of a 26-year-old man who was smuggling bundles of meth inside his car.

At approximately 5 p.m., agents at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5 near San Clemente referred a male U.S. citizen for a secondary inspection.  Once in secondary, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the man’s 2003 Volkswagen Golf.  A search of the vehicle revealed 39 bundles of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside the car’s rear quarter panels.

The bundles of methamphetamine weighed 46.19 pounds and were valued at $161,665.

Border Patrol agents reported 46.19 pounds of meth was recovered from a 26-year-old man's vehicle on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol
Border Patrol agents reported 46.19 pounds of meth was recovered from a 26-year-old man’s vehicle on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol

The man was arrested for narcotics smuggling and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the narcotics.  The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

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