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Mexican National Arrested in Meth Smuggling Attempt on I-15

A Mexican national was arrested when meth valued at about $458,600 was recovered during a Border Patrol stop near Temecula, authorities said.

U.S. Border Patrol agents prevented a methamphetamine smuggling attempt this week on Interstate 15 near Temecula, officials said.

About 2:45 p.m., Monday, Border Patrol agents stopped a 39-year-old man driving a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer on northbound I-15 near the checkpoint, according to a news release.

"Agents questioned the individual and a subsequent search revealed a large purple container in the cargo area that contained 15 bundles of methamphetamine," U.S. Border Patrol Agent Scott Simon said.

The narcotics weighed 22.93 pounds and had an estimated street value of $458,600, according to Simon.

The suspected smuggler and drugs were taken into custody and turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Simon said.

The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol, he said.

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.

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

joe October 07, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Bullshit . The boarder patrol belongs on the boarder . They set up those bullsgit checkpoints which I refuse to answer . Are you a us citizen . They are bothing vut thugs . Im all for immigration ib fact I supported the minute men . But they need to go into old town and bust all those illegal aliens that stand there.
joe October 07, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Sorry the spelling is off . New Iphone . Bullshit . They are nothing but thugs who violate or try to intimidate those who let them . CHECKPOINT USA . COM .
Brenda October 07, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I kinda agree John. But dangit if they can get one in 100 and get that amount of drugs off the streets I am happy. That is several hundred people missing out on a few fixes right?
Robert Gonzalez October 07, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I think you mean the boarder patrol belongs in skate parks or the beach, where people ride boards. I'm confused about the part where the agents should only be at the border (not boarder) unless it's for something you want, like going to Old Town to arrest people standing there. In your next post you apologize for your spelling, maybe apologize for your grammar in another one after that.
Jay of Murrieta October 07, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Border Patrol kudos on you for catching the bad guys.

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