Dec. 3, 2013
EAST COUNTY — A driver and her passenger were arrested early Sunday when they attempted to smuggle methamphetamine hidden under drywall plaster in a bucket through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Pine Valley, officials said Tuesday.
Border Patrol agents stopped the 56-year-old female motorist and her 42-year-old male passenger in a 2002 Volkwagen Passat about 1 a.m. Agents took a closer look at the car after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to it, agency spokeswoman Mary Beth Caston said.
A search of the car turned up a trace of marijuana in the front console, a handgun in the trunk and about 2.7 ounces of meth buried in the bucket, Caston said. The meth was valued at $3,300, she said.
The driver and passenger, who are U.S. citizens, each had a record of prior drug arrests and felony charges, Caston said.