Suspected Meth Smuggler Collared By U.S. Border Patrol

The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The U.S. Border Patrol is reporting it foiled a meth smuggler this week near its checkpoint in Temecula.

Agents stopped a 30-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2000 Acura TL at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near the checkpoint, according to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jerry Conlin,

Agents became suspicious and called in an Orange County Sheriff’s Department K-9 team for assistance, Conlin explained.

“The K-9 alerted to the trunk of the vehicle. Agents searched the trunk and discovered 10 bundles of crystal methamphetamine and two bundles of heroin hidden inside the spare tire.  The crystal methamphetamine weighed 10.80 pounds and the heroin weighed 3.86 pounds.  The illicit narcotics had an estimated street value of $208,320,” Conlin said.

The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation; the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol, Conlin said.

The identity of the suspected smuggler was not released by the U.S. Border Patrol.

No one February 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Whoo hoo way to GO Border patrol!!! Awesome.
Brenda February 23, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Great Eyes guys!! Mexican National, hmmm. Think if we were open 24/7 with a full staff. The amount of drugs would get stopped substantially.
Sew Good February 23, 2013 at 04:36 AM
How do they do it? I have driven through that checkpoint.... with so many lanes of traffic, how do they flag one vehicle as suspicious? Amazing!!
Net February 23, 2013 at 05:31 AM
They already know who to stop.
Reverend Smith February 23, 2013 at 07:08 AM
I think they have a CHP or Border Patrol vehicle shadow him and if they observe him sweating bullets after about five miles, they find cause to pull him over. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if the border crossing alerted the Temecula checkpoint (new luxury car - Mexican national - fits a certain profile) and cars were following him all the way to see if they could catch a hand-off.
Connie Lingus February 23, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Can we bill Mexico for cost of trial and prison?
Alek J Hidell February 23, 2013 at 03:25 PM
In the country where i was raised? possession of more than 15 grams resulted in MANDATORY execution. Malaysia no longer has any drug problem to speak of.. Oh and our neighbor is Thailand, where the Golden Triangle is located... Think it over USA
JJ Mclure February 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM
So much for them coming to pick lettuce
Stanley February 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM
If there wasn't an insatiable demand for hard drugs in America he probably would be an agricultural worker or stayed in Mexico.
Arthur Spooner February 24, 2013 at 04:27 PM
JJ I dont think that picking lettuce is why they come here. The liberals who defend them always use that one though. They say less than 2% pick our crops. They come here to build a better life. That is why so many of them end up in our prisons.
Jerome February 25, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Lets give those BP guys the credit they deserve! Some low-life making money off of addictive drugs is put out of business. Unfortunately, Mexico will provide an endless supply of them
Adrian February 25, 2013 at 03:35 AM
These folks are just feeding the insatiable, indulgent drug habits of your children. Before throwing stones across the border, take a look at the deprativiy in your home.
TVOR February 25, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I'm curious why they called in a K-9 from orange county. There were no local K-9 units available?
SA February 25, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I think this was complete discrimination and Governor Clown should invite the smuggler’s entire family to California give them healthcare, jobs, CDLs and a house. It is the right thing to do, because according to the president and Mr. Clown we have done these people wrong forcing them into the drug trade. (Please apply sarcasm)
John Fredrick Williams February 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM
The cartel should have-would have thought of this a long time ago...Why don't we establish manufacturing and distribution right there in the American neighborhoods? We could have several individual homes within the city limits with cause to hide individual elements of the processes for manufacturing as departments? We could associate neighbors in good standing with the community as disguised everyday families. Yet each acting individually as cohearts in the scheme? No one would have a clue lest our submarines be spotted within their harbors? Definitely well thought out and money no object no doubt...The cartel would have thought of this along time ago. Chime in people!
Sew Good February 26, 2013 at 03:13 AM
I'm glad I don't live in a country that like that.
Sew Good February 26, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Are you saying that the problem of drugs coming in from Mexico is the fault of the users of those drugs? not the dealers who provide them? Let me ask you this:Which came first, the dealer or the addict? If you could cure all the current addicts in the country right now with a simple wish, the drug dealers will find something to entice new customers and hook a new group of junkies. Some farms prefer to higher illegals because they work for less, off the books, so that the employer doesn't have to pay insurance or taxes for the worker. Most citizens could not compete to work for the low wage that illegals will take. A legal, natural born citizen could not qualify for the same benefits that an illegal, seasonal, immigrant worker can qualify for. An undocumented employee can work for cash, and receive government benefits as if there is no income. I don't think it's a race issue at all. It doesn't matter what race you are. If you are here to feed and clothe your family, then become an English-speaking American and live that American dream to the fullest. Don't come in here taking advantage of the screwed up system and expecting Christians to help. Who are you helping in return, besides yourself and your own family? I get tired of Obama supporters who expect everything handed to them for free without a thought to where the handouts come from or who should pay. What country can I walk into, without paying taxes, and be handed free food, housing, welfare, and healthcare?
Arthur Spooner February 26, 2013 at 03:15 PM
FYI Shane, only 2% of illegals pick crops. Do your homework before you give us the sad sob illegal story!! Geez! Maybe you should pick crops!! It would be like doing sit-ups!
Arthur Spooner February 26, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Only you would bring up the fact that Obama is black. Thats not why we do not like him. I know its easy for you to say. Its an excuse for you to play the race card because you have no other excuses. The guy is a failure and so is Biden. Last I looked Biden was not black either!
SA February 26, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Then GO AWAY… You need to check yourself as your comments alone are full of stereotyping, racist and bigot ideologies.


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