$2 Million in Meth Seized in San Diego, CA

In the week of March 17, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at various ports of entry in California uncovered 15 separate narcotic smuggling attempts. In all, 328 pounds of narcotics were seized, with an estimated street value of $2 million.

One of these smuggling attempts occurred on Friday, March 21, 2014. Officers referred a 2002 Jaguar X-Type sedan for further inspection and subsequently located 20 packages of methamphetamine inside a hidden compartment in the vehicle’s trunk.

The find weighed in at nearly 19 pounds, with an estimated street value of $190,000.

The driver, an 18-year-old male Mexican citizen, was arrested and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations.

The largest smuggling attempt occurred on Sunday, March 23, 2014, when officers referred a red 2003 Ford Explorer for further inspection. Abnormalities were noted in the SUV’s gas tank and a pursuant search revealed 16 packages of methamphetamine concealed within.

The find weighed in at more than 42 pounds, with an estimated street value of $420,000.

The driver, a 29-year-old female U.S. citizen, was arrested and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations.

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