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Meth Worth $1M Seized at Temecula Checkpoint

A combined 51 pounds of methamphetamine were confiscated during two separate traffic stops this week, a U.S. Border Patrol official said.

agents this week intercepted an estimated $1 million worth of methamphetamine at the Interstate 15 checkpoint south of Temecula.

An estimated 51 pounds of the illegal drug were confiscated during two separate traffic stops, said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Michael R. Jimenez, in a news release.

The first stop occurred at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Agents assigned to the checkpoint pulled over a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier that was being driven by a 40-year-old male U.S citizen who was allegedly acting nervous, Jimenez said.

About 31 bundles of meth were allegedly found hidden in the rear quarter panels of the Cavalier after a Border Patrol K-9 team signaled a positive alert, triggering a search. The seized drugs weighed more than 38 pounds for an estimated street value of $762,800, Jimenez said.

Then at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday, agents stopped a 1998 Jeep Cherokee towing a 2001 Toyota Solara on a trailer.

Agents allegedly found 25 bundles of meth in the gas tank of the towed Toyota after the driver, a 31-year-old male citizen of Mexico, was referred for a secondary inspection, Jimenez said.

The K-9 team had given a positive alert in this instance as well, he said.

The seizure netted more than 13 pounds for an estimated street value of $262,200, he said.

"The suspected smugglers and narcotics were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation," Jimenez said. "The vehicles and trailer were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol."

Galactic Cannibal March 24, 2012 at 04:24 PM
One was a U.S. citizen and one was a Mexican citizen. The U.S. citizen had the bigger load of methamphetamine. I thought it would be the other way around, since our national propaganda media machine , always remind us, that we Americans don't do bad drugs like the Mexicans do. Very confusing to say the least. since ".WE ARE THE GOOD GUYS"
LBV Collins March 24, 2012 at 05:32 PM
This type of event occurs over and over at the Temecula checkpoint. And every time they happen to catch someone it’s because “they looked suspicious.” I can’t help but wonder just how many millions and millions of dollars’ worth of drugs just cruised on through the checkpoint because they didn’t look suspicious. Heck, I pass through there about once a month and every time I go by, it’s not even opened… and hasn’t been for years.
LBV Collins March 24, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Just look at how many articles the Patch has posted about catching drug smugglers at that checkpoint: Illegal Aliens Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Cocaine - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/us-border-patrol-temecula-arrest-mexicans-illegal-aliens-for-smuggling-cocaine Nearly 300 Pounds of Marijuana Seized - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/border-patrol-seize-nearly-300-pounds-of-marijuana 13 Pounds of Meth Found Under Hood - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/13-pounds-of-meth-found-under-hood Alleged Heroin Smuggler Arrested - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/alleged-heroin-smuggler-arrested Mexican Accused of Smuggling 56 Pounds of Meth - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/mexican-accused-of-smuggling-56-pounds-of-meth Alleged Meth Dealers Arrested - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/2-accused-of-smuggling-meth-at-temecula-checkpoint Border Agents Seize More Than 800K in Drugs - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/border-agents-seize-more-than-800k-in-drugs-07f2e325 $500,000 in Drugs Seized at Temecula Checkpoint - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/500000-in-drugs-seized-at-temecula-checkpoint-2b329237
LBV Collins March 24, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Heck, these two incidents occurred just one day apart! Alleged Smugglers Caught With Meth - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/alleged-smugglers-caught-with-meth Hidden Cocaine Lands Mexican in Jail - Temecula, CA Patch http://temecula.patch.com/articles/hidden-cocaine-lands-mexican-in-jail We lost our self-declared “War on Drugs” years ago. The Mexican Drug Cartels won and are making billions. I can only hope that one of these days, enough Americans will wake up and realize that Prohibition doesn’t work and will demand that their Representatives pass legislation to stop the Drug War. Prohibition didn’t work with alcohol back in the 1920’s, and it’s not working now to stop people from using drugs. We need to decriminalize drug use, stop putting drug-addicted Americans in prison, and instead treat drug abuse as a health issue, just like we do for alcohol and tobacco. We have NEVER stopped the flow of drugs into America, and we never will. There’s simply too much demand by users and too much profit for traffickers. But if we decriminalize drug use, the price of drugs will drop, and the Cartels will take a huge financial hit. And if drug users no longer need to fear years of incarceration if they’re caught with drugs, then they are more likely to seek help in overcoming their addiction… just like alcoholics and cigarette smokers feel today when seeking help with their addictions.
people April 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I am willing to bet while this small amount was being captured the larger load went right on through.. It won't be long before mexicos b.s. becomes our own, how did this get passed the mexican borders and make it this far? Don't look now but we are being invaded, and not just with the drugs!!! WAKE UP AMERICA......

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