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.

SPB January 14, 2012 at 08:56 AM
METH! for when crack just aint enough.
KB January 14, 2012 at 09:12 AM
While I'm glad these drugs are off the streets, these Border Patrol checkpoints are Unconstitutional/illegal - EXCEPT AT THE BORDER WHERE THEY SHOULD ONLY BE.
LBV Collins January 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Interesting, KB. I’ve not heard that before. Can you elaborate why checkpoints are illegal when they’re not at the border?
Vicki January 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Hmmm why do you think they are illegal KB? Too many of your friends being busted?
temeculan January 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
The ACLU (and KB) would argue that a young American who is poisoned and boiled from within by a horrible corrosive "gut-DRANO" drug is a cheap price to pay to protect the fragile "rights" of a heartless animal who would profit from selling this crap. Lock em up.
LBV Collins January 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I don’t understand why someone would put this meth poison into their bodies. However, while I’m happy that officers seized the contraband, I truly wish we were dealing with this drug problem differently. The only reason these two kids—oops, I mean young men—were risking 10+ years in prison is because of the outrageous amount of money to be made to feed the high demand of users. Instead of spending money trying to stop the flow of drugs, I’d rather we spend our money on curing those addicted to this stuff. If there’s no demand, then there’s no drug trafficking because there’s no profit. But as long as there’s demand, drug traffickers will be willing to risk prison for the huge profits.
Brenda January 14, 2012 at 06:37 PM
KB, I don't care where they are if they can keep bringing down a stash of drugs like this one!! Go Border Patrol job well done on the Humma!! Keep up the good work and keen eyes. Someone take those men some cookies, cupcakes or something!
Brenda January 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I read a link somewhere a few days ago LBV posted by one of the regulars, cant remember who, that discussed the legalization of all drugs. The reason behind it would be that the prices would go down, the supply and demand, all that, which would end up making it not such a great business to go into and rish life and limb. It all made some sense to me in a wierd round about way. LOL. Which you know me, I go the opposite, kill them all, put them all in jail, and blah blah. But this really did make sense. If ya dont make it hard to get ahold of, its cheaper and cheaper and cheaper until eventually its not worth anything. Killings stop, traffic'ing if it doesnt even pay to put the gas in the car to get to Te'jas. And of course good ole USA stops giving all this free "stop the drug war in your country" cash to every country. Might be worth a try.
LBV Collins January 14, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Hi Brenda. I’m not sure who you’re referring to, but it’s possibly me. I strongly favor legalizing marijuana and decriminalizing all other drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, etc. I don’t want people to use this poison, but our Drug War approach has not worked in the past, is not working today, and I believe will never work. Over 10 years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs and it has worked very well. Has it stopped people from using drugs? Nope. Has it at least reduced drug usage? Somewhat. (Interestingly enough, marijuana usage among teens dropped after it was decriminalized.) But the important thing to note is that drug usage *did not* increase. Also, since it was no longer a crime for people to use the drugs, the stigma associated with being a druggy evaporated and drug addicts felt safe seeking help to overcome their addiction, much as alcoholics do in America. Law enforcement was freed from arresting/harassing casual users and could focus on drug traffickers. (It’s still a crime to traffic in drugs.) As a result, the arrest of drug traffickers increased. Also, the judicial system was no longer tied up with drug cases involving users, and jails no longer housed casual drug users.
Shannan Buffolino January 15, 2012 at 12:30 AM
AWESOME JOB MURRIETA BORDER PATROL..I wonder if these druggie losers will realize that Temecula and Murrieta is not going to put up with them in our neighborhoods..they think they are not noticed by us but we are reporting everything we see...we watch our neighborhoods and what goes on..
Brenda January 15, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Wow, a comma would have worked in that sentence, sorry about that LBV. I do not remember who posted the link about legalizing all drugs. I should have wrote "LBV, I read a link someone posted a few days ago about legalizing drugs." Then the rest. My error and not proof reading, and very sorry about that. But still in all the article had some very valid points as you share here in this post. At this time we should be willing to try anything, and do tough love if people want to kill themselves this way, or as you say, be more open to getting the help they so desperately need.
SPB January 15, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Thats the economics of availability for you. Prohibition gave us the mob. I guess they figured pot would be different because...
LBV Collins January 15, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Hi Brenda. No need to apologize for grammatical errors. As hard as I try to avoid them, I make them too. As far as I’m concerned, we’re just “casual talkers” here, so again, don’t worry about it. I certainly am not judging you. I agree with your “tough love” suggestion. If people want to risk trying a drug, whether it’s marijuana, heroin, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, etc., I believe it should be their choice. Quite frankly, I could care less whether my neighbor down the street is smoking pot, smoking cigarettes, or guzzling a fifth of whiskey every day... just as long as he doesn’t do something that endangers me (such as driving a car while under the influence). I also want to clarify a comment I previously made when calling drugs “poison.” I feel that most drugs are poison—toxic to the body. This includes heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, as well as alcohol and tobacco (and probably a whole host of prescription drugs, too). But I don’t feel that way about marijuana—regardless of whether it’s used for medicinal or recreational purposes. I don’t use pot, but I have done quite a bit of research over the past year-and-a-half. My conclusion is that it’s probably about the most benign intoxicant on the planet. If I had my druthers, marijuana would be the one drug I would not only make legal, but would encourage drinkers to use instead of alcohol. Much safer alternative, in my opinion.
LBV Collins January 15, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Hi SPB. That is the sad irony, isn’t it? That in Richard Nixon’s zeal to eradicate drug abuse by making it a criminal act, he made criminals rich… and turned millions of otherwise responsible taxpaying citizens into felons. What’s insane to me is that we have fought this war for 40 years… and we’re *still* fighting it. We spend nearly $50 billion a year fighting our Drug War even though it’s acknowledged by most—even Gil Kerlikowske, our Drug Czar—that it has failed. At what point will people finally realize that our self-made War on Drugs needs to stop and alternatives need to be sought to help those addicted to drugs?
Winchester Collection January 16, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I agree with KB 100%. We should be allowed our freedom in our own country. Stopping me every morning doesn't constitute illegal stop then what does? Why are these check stops not conducted by police and border agents stationed at the border to protect our borders.
Winchester Collection January 16, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Listen to what KB said. Don't take away my freedom!!!! Police force "ICE" should be doing this not border patrol agents. Border Patrol agents are exactly what their name describes them as Border control guys.
Winchester Collection January 16, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Like your comment about, "we watch our neighborhoods and what goes on" The only way we can maintain true freedom is to be our own police and report all suspicious things going on in our community.
Winchester Collection January 16, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Where can I buy that Hummer for cheap :)
SPB January 16, 2012 at 04:17 PM
police auction. RICO laws = good deals on hummers and boats.
Jessica January 16, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Weird thing is I have lived in Temecula for almost 10 years and have only stopped at the Temecula border check maybe a handful of times. I was beginning to wonder if it was still being used as something more than a car storage and paperwork for agents. Good job Border Patrol!
TVOR January 16, 2012 at 08:56 PM
It is not possible to have a successful society without some restrictions. Not having any restrictions would be anarchy. It definitely sucks to sit in 10 minutes of extra traffic but it is a far sight better than the teenagers down the block stealing all of our stuff because they are hooked on drugs and trying to feed their habit. If we didn't do these checks the drug problem would be much worse. You cannot take away the demand for drugs but you can limit the supply.
LBV Collins January 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Hi TVOR. I disagree—I don’t think the occasional drug bust has much impact on supply at all. The drugs are cheap and easy to make. I can only imagine that for every auto they catch carrying drugs, dozens of others are missed. I certainly sympathize with your desire to not have your home invaded by druggies trying to support their habit. But as I said, the poison they want is cheap to make. I’d rather the authorities give them all they want for free.
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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