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Elderly Man Busted Near Temecula Allegedly Hauling $368K of Meth

The 70-year-old man was one of two people arrested in recent days, allegedly trying to smuggle drugs from Mexico to the United States.

Two men— one of them 70-years-old— have been arrested in the last two days trying to haul narcotics across the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint south of Murrieta and Temecula, a Border Patrol agent said Tuesday.

Border Patrol agents patrolling Interstate 15 made the arrests on Sunday and Monday, according to U.S. Border Patrol Spokeswoman Mary Beth Caston. 

The first drug discovery was made around noon Sunday, when agents driving north on the freeway became suspicious of a man in a 2000 Ford F-150, she said.  They pulled the man over at the border checkpoint.

"Agents conducted a canine sniff of his truck, which resulted in a positive alert to the interior of the car," said Caston.  "Agents searched and discovered 27 bricks of methamphetamine hidden inside non-factory compartments in the front and rear seats."

That meth has a street value of $368,200.

The second incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday, and involved a 2007 Dodge Caliber which was stopped at the checkpoint.

"A nearby canine alerted to the vehicle, driven by a 38-year-old Mexican national," Caston said.  "Agents searched the vehicle and located 35 bundles of marijuana inside the gas tank."

In total, there were 32.03 pounds of marijuana, valued at $19,218, she said.

Both men were turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and now face drug smuggling charges.

To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.



Concerned Person May 15, 2014 at 05:55 AM
@ Mindful. I do not think our invading Afghanistan has anything to do with the US Heroin problem. That country was already producing it on a huge scale. ~~~~~ The current problem is largely because of mostly young persons getting hooked on OXYCONTIN and similar prescription drugs. Especially high school and young persons. The black market price for the prescriptions quickly rose so much that heroin gave about the same effect and at a much lower price. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A police officer in Temecula told me that in many years he only arrested three persons for heroin until about two years ago, now it is all over the place and very easy to obtain.
Mr. Jordan Hendrix May 15, 2014 at 09:56 AM
That's a lot of meth for a 70 year user, even with his built up tolerance for the drug.
TVOR May 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM
If the penalty for drug smuggling were summary execution there would be s whole lot lesssmuggling going on, just sayin.......
Phillip Evans June 02, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Why don't the police just stop importing the meth?

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