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$1.8 million in crystal meth found inside SUV at I-5 checkpoint

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March 21, 2014

SAN CLEMENTE – A man suspected of smuggling $1.8 million worth of crystal meth was arrested Tuesday at the northbound I-5 checkpoint near San Clemente, authorities said.

U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered the drugs during a search of a 2002 Mazda Tribute about 1:30 p.m., according to a law enforcement statement.

An initial search turned up methamphetamine hidden in foil-wrapped packages in a door panel, authorities said. A more in-depth search turned up additional packages underneath the center console and the floor of the SUV.

Agents found 183 pounds of methamphetamine in 136 packages, which they estimate has a street value of more than $1.8 million.

The driver, a 52-year-old Mexican national, was taken into custody. He and the SUV were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

 

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/turned-606455-search-packages.html

 

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