17 bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside the Mustang’s spare tire

17 bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside the Mustang’s spare tire

On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Border Patrol agents at the San Clemente checkpoint in California referred a 2006 Chevrolet Impala for further inspection after noting an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle’s interior.

A pursuant canine sniff alerted to the Impala’s trunk, where agents located a duffel bag containing several pounds of marijuana. The driver, a 22-year-old-male U.S. citizen, took ownership of the narcotics and was taken into custody by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office.

Later that same day, Border Patrol agents encountered two men in a 1996 Ford Mustang at a rest stop along Interstate 5 in San Clemente, California. When a canine sniff of the vehicle yielded a positive alert for the presence of narcotics, the driver, a 21-year-old male Mexican national, claimed that an empty container in his console had previously held marijuana.

Agents performed a search of the vehicle and discovered 17 bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside the Mustang’s spare tire and speaker box. This find weighed in at 18.63 pounds with an estimated street value of $186,300.

Both vehicle occupants were taken into custody and turned over the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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