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Border Patrol Intercepts Hidden Heroin at I-15 Checkpoint

Five bundles of heroin worth approximately $66,120 were allegedly found hidden in the engine of a 2001 Ford Escort, U.S. Border Patrol said.

Heroin worth an estimated $66,120 was confiscated Monday at the Interstate 15 U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint south of Murrieta.

The heroin—packaged in five bundles—was allegedly found hidden inside the engine of a 2001 Ford Escort, said San Diego Border Patrol Sector Spokesperson Mary Beth Caston, in a news release.

At about 10 a.m. Monday, agents referred the driver of the Ford, a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen, to secondary inspection when they "became suspicious of (his) nervous demeanor," Caston said.

A Border Patrol K-9 team conducted a cursory inspection of the car, resulting in an alert, she said.

"Agents searched the vehicle and discovered five bundles of heroin inside a compartment disguised to resemble a valve cover," Caston said.

The heroin weighed 5.51 pounds with an estimated street value of $66,120, she said.

The suspected smuggler—whose name was not provided—and narcotics were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation, she said.

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

Maggie Avants (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Thank you, it's fixed!
LBV Collins July 18, 2012 at 02:59 AM
<sigh> This is SO stupid. When will America wake up and realize that battling drug abuse via law enforcement is a fight we lost decades ago? The drug dealers won! We need to STOP SPENDING MONEY ON OUR DRUG WAR and seek another solution!
Zack July 18, 2012 at 04:24 AM
@ LBV Collins.... I guess battling rape, murder, and robbery via law enforcement is a fight we lost decades ago as well...lets here your solution?
Colman Boat July 18, 2012 at 04:36 AM
If the drug pushers would only stop acting 'nervously' they'd be home free. Great work again by the undercover boys.
LBV Collins July 18, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Hi Zack. That's not quite an equal comparison. Rape, murder, and robbery involve a person hurting another person against their will. But drug abuse (like alcohol and tobacco abuse) is a victimless crime. If someone wants to destroy their own body abusing drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, I'm fine with that. (I prefer they wouldn't, but it's their body and their choice.) But rape, murder, or robbery? I'm 100% in favor of law enforcement capturing those perpetrators and our judicial system dealing with them harshly. Which makes my point perfectly: I DON'T want our law enforcement wasting their limited, precious time arresting druggies. I DO want them focusing their efforts on arresting rapists, murderers, and robbers.
mesamama July 18, 2012 at 06:18 AM
9 times out of 10 those suspects committing rape, robbery, or murder are on some kind of drug so I don't know that I would call it a victimless crime.
LBV Collins July 18, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Hi mesamama. Are you sure that 90% of rapes, robberies, and murders are committed by people on drugs? That's a pretty shocking percentage and suggests a correlation: Drugs = Crime Victims. But is that really true? Can you please provide links to data that support your astounding cause-and-effect percentages?
Shawn Michael Bennett July 18, 2012 at 02:23 PM
There has been a few people this year that have overdosed and died from heroin in the "great" city of Temecula however I wonder why it never makes it to the paper? I hear its making quite a come back these days but I guess out of site out of mind is how they justify the lack of informing the community. As far as the 9 times out of 10 comment that's like saying "Jail, 60% of the time it works every time....."
Cuz I Care October 06, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Nice job at the Boarder Patrol. I believe him to be a smuggler and not a suspected smuggler.

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