Border Patrol agents intercepted nearly $42,000 worth of methamphetamine during a stop Monday at the Interstate 15 checkpoint south of Temecula, it was announced today.
A 22-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2006 Nissan Altima was referred to secondary inspection after he and a passenger allegedly acted nervous when being questioned by agents, a Border Patrol spokesperson for the San Diego sector said.
A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert, said Border Patrol Spokersperson Mary Beth Caston.
"Agents subsequently discovered a non-factory compartment in the dashboard containing methamphetamine," Caston said.
The narcotics weighed 2.09 pounds and had an estimated street value of $41,800, she said.
The driver, his passenger, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, she said.
The car was seized by Border Patrol, she said.