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Border Patrol: Liquid Meth Found Hidden in Car at I-15 Checkpoint

A large freezer bag allegedly containing approximately 8.3 pounds of liquid methamphetamine was discovered hidden in a gas tank at the I-15 Border Patrol checkpoint south of Temecula.

A suspected drug smuggler was taken into custody Wednesday at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 15 south of Temecula when agents allegedly found a large quantity of liquid methamphetamine hidden in his car.

Agents stopped the suspect, a 35-year-old male Mexican national, at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday as he approached the checkpoint in a red 2008 Ford Fiesta, according to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Scott E. Simon.

"Agents became suspicious of the man’s nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection," said Simon, in a news release.

Border Patrol K9 team performed a cursory inspection of the Ford, resulting in an alert, he said.

Agents searched the car and discovered a large freezer bag inside of the gas tank containing a yellowish liquid, he said.

"The fluid in the bag tested positive for liquid methamphetamine and weighed a total of 8.38 pounds with an estimated street value of $167,600," Simon said.

The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for further investigation, he said.

The car was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Samantha August 24, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Why was he turned over to over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and not ICE?
JJ Mclure August 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
either way another bum off the street
Paul August 24, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The good news is he will be able to stay in this country since he is illegal and collect SSI and get free college tuition, a driver's license. Oh and let's not forget all the free medical he needs.
Susan Marsh August 24, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Does the DEA do as much for illegal immigration as the Border Patrol does for drug enforcement?
Robert August 24, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Why would we turn it over to ICE?
Sam Bradstreet August 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Poor Paul......maybe we should have dragged him from the back of his car, thats what Jesus would do right Paul?
Brenda August 25, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Another illegal Mexican national bringing in drugs, we catch, and then have to feed, house for the 4 yr sentence he will get before we send him back to Mexico right, to do it all over again? Yes Sam, dragging him, or actually any drug maker or transporter(any color skin or nationality) behind a car for a few miles sounds good to me, can I watch? Good job border patrol, drugs that someone wont get.
stanz August 31, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Where is this article does it say he was a illegal Mexican just because it said he was Mexican haha wow You guys are dumb Very glad they caught the idot with the drugs (whether white black yellow hispanic or purple person) The drugs need to be taken off the street!!
Duty Bound August 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Good question and no, the DEA does nothing for illegal immigration at all. Unfortunately though, the issue is often mingled as illegal immigrants often smuggle and/or traffick in people, firearms and narcotics and yes, U.S. Citizens often do the same. There's plenty of work to go around.
Cuz I Care October 06, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I don't get why he is a "suspected smuggler"? The guy was caught transporting therefore he is a smuggler.
Samantha October 06, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
L Hillin October 17, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Did no one read that the smuggler was a 23 year old US citizen?? Bad people come in all races and nationalities!!

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