3 Arrested for Smuggling Methamphetamine in San Diego, CA

In the morning hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014, U.S. Border Patrol agents made 3 arrests in two separate methamphetamine smuggling attempts.

Agents first noticed a suspicious 2008 Toyota Camry along I-5. They approached the vehicle and questioned the 21-year-old driver, a U.S. citizen, when he stopped at the Aliso Creek rest area. The driver provided the agents with inconsistent statements and a canine sniff alerted positive to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle.

Upon searching the Camry, agents located a black duffle bag beneath the driver’s seat. It was found to contain a bundle of methamphetamine. Additional bundles were also discovered inside the vehicle’s rear door panel.

The seizure totaled 8.71 pounds of methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $87,100. The driver was taken into custody and handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Later that same morning, a suspicious 2004 Chevrolet Blazer caught the attention of agents along Interstate 215. Agents approached the vehicle in a parking lot and questioned the occupants, a 36-year-old female and a 30-year-old male.

A positive canine sniff led agents to conduct a search of the SUV. Two gallon-sized containers of liquid methamphetamine were subsequently uncovered. One was located inside the cargo area; the other was found inside the spare tire well.

The seizure totaled 2.64 gallons of liquid methamphetamine. Both vehicle occupants were taken into custody and handed over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

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