Agents Seize $426K in Meth at I-15 Checkpoint

Two separate cars were searched and seized at the Interstate 15 Border Patrol checkpoint south of Temecula Tuesday, with agents finding a total $426,400 in methamphetamine.

Border Patrol agents arrested two women and their passengers Tuesday following the discovery in their cars of thousands of dollars in methamphetamine at the Interstate 15 checkpoint south of Temecula.

At about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, agents stopped a 43-year-old woman driving a 1997 Acura Integra; agents suspicious of the Mexican-born woman and her passenger -- another woman -- brought in a drug-sniffing dog, Border Patrol officials said.

The dog alerted agents to something near the front and in the back of the car.

A search of the vehicle yielded three pounds of methamphetamine in a fire extinguisher on the floor, behind the driver's seat, according to a Border Patrol news release.

Agents also found a second fire extinguisher in the car's trunk. That extinguisher contained another three pounds of the drug, officials said.

The estimated street value of that haul was $120,000, according to officials.

Agents seized another drug haul a few hours later -- at about 1:15 p.m. -- when they stopped another car, this one a 1997 Ford Escort driven by a 19-year-old woman.

Agents suspicious of the U.S.-born driver and her woman passenger brought in a drug-sniffing dog to do a cursory inspection, officials said.

The canine alerted agents to the presence of drugs; a search uncovered 12 bundles of methamphetamine inside the spare tire.

The drugs weighed 15.32 pounds and had an estimated street value of $306,400, officials said.

Coupled with three other searches and seizures this so far week at other checkpoints in San Diego and San Clemente, the total haul came to $1.5 million, officials said.

Rebecca Ross October 11, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Great job!!! Thank you for getting that crap before it made it to the streets.
Bob Loblaw October 11, 2012 at 04:39 AM
That Acura doesn't look suspect at all...
Sabrina October 11, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Awesome job getting these dirtbags! Keep it up!
Dana P October 11, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Great job to our border patrol agents. Job well done!!
JJ Mclure October 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM
LBV Collins October 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM
These two busts exemplify our failure at keeping this poison off of our streets. While law enforcement snared these two couriers (kudos to our border patrol), I can only imagine how many other couriers cruised on through to their destinations. So what's a better solution to keeping this stuff off of our streets? I don't know, but I suspect reducing the profit margin is one component. According to this officer, the markup on meth is 10x the cost of materials, and it takes about two hours to produce four ounces of product. [1] That means it takes a meth cook eight hours to make a pound of product using about $2,000 in materials... which is then worth $20,000 on the street. That's $18,000 in profit for one day's work. No wonder they keep making this stuff. And no wonder law enforcement can't stop people from making this stuff. The profit potential is just too tempting. 1. http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2010/05/how_to_make_meth_the_shake_and.php (Watch the first video, fast forward to the 6:28 mark.)
TVOR October 12, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I think meth is second only to heroin in how bad it is for your body and how bad it is for our society. I hope someday a way is found to eliminate it for good.


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