Alleged Meth Dealers Arrested

The methamphetamine was allegedly found when two male U.S. citizens were stopped at the Interstate 15 checkpoint south of Temecula.

Methamphetamine with a street value of more than $600,000 was seized Thursday at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint south of Murrieta and Temecula, a Border Patrol agent said Friday.

The drugs were discovered at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to U.S. Border Patrol agent Scott E. Simon. Agents stopped a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a black 2006 Hummer H3 and his 21-year-old male passenger, also a U.S. citizen, as they approached the Interstate 15 checkpoint, Simon said.

"During inspection, agents became suspicious of the men’s nervous demeanor and referred them for a secondary inspection," Simon said, in a news release.

A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert, he said. 

"Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a non-factory compartment in the rear cargo deck concealing a total of 20 bundles of methamphetamine."

The narcotics weighed 30.87 pounds and had an estimated street value of $617,400, he said.

"The suspected smugglers and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation."

The Hummer H3 was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

"To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation’s borders," Simon said.

More than 138 agents are based out of the 

To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at 951-498-9900.

TVOR January 17, 2012 at 01:51 AM
LBV, I think in the long run, legalizing most drugs would have a positive effect on our society in many ways. We can't simply give up on trying to keep drugs out of our cities. If you have ever known anyone who has had a child who became an addict and seen the destruction that comes from it I suspect you would agree. The illicit nature of many drugs is what attracts many young people to them. If they were cheap and easy to get legally, many kids would never make the choice to try them.
SPB January 17, 2012 at 06:03 PM
you are right. legalizing drugs (even the scary ones) would have a net benefit for our society. Busting some kids acting as drug mules isn't going to win the drug war. Sure it makes good press, but what about when the drugs are heading south into temecula? There aren't any checkpoints between all the meth labs in San Bernardino and us, but like I said in an earlier post, its the police's job to look like they are having an impact, actually winning the war on drugs is another issue entirely.
Winchester Collection January 27, 2012 at 09:09 AM
23 years and still being slowed down or stopped.
John baeza February 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
so can I have my stuff back now.. Or send in another order
John baeza February 02, 2012 at 03:11 PM
You goverment dum asses should be worry how many people cross the border with all that stuff ... Maube you might sell it back to them and let them try it again


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