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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.

Adrian October 06, 2012 at 01:07 AM
As soon as JJ stops salivating and convulsing over this one, I am sure we can count on an astute observation.
Brenda October 06, 2012 at 01:59 AM
OH I have not doubt, and I 2nd it.
Brenda October 06, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Doh, tired as heck, retype Oh I have no doubt, and I 2nd it.
Brenda October 06, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Now that I touched on JJ, its time to tell these guys what a spectacular job they did on this bust. That is alot of meth that is not going into our kids, or adults, arms, noses, smoked, however you do it. I bet whoever was waiting for that shipment is P I S S E D, and I sure hope the driver gave it up who he was suppose to be meeting with to pass the goods. I am sure between the Border Patrol and other policing agencies they get alot of information out of these guys for protection and of course lesser charges, but we never hear if that information is used to bust the "chain" the suspect is working with? Or it so buried its impossible to get to the next link?
Cuz I Care October 06, 2012 at 02:46 AM
1st line reads: "...prevented a methamphetamine smuggling attempt ..." There was no 'attempt' to smuggle. This guy was caught in the act of smuggling. Nice job to the US Boarder Patrol Officers.
JJ Mclure October 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM
It's hard to stop salivating....great job getting this punk off the street.
in2golf.37 October 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
at·temptLINK0 [uh-tempt] - verb (used with object) 1. to make an effort to accomplish
Ann October 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I would imagine someone will cry 'racial profiling' here...... They should stop more cars than they do-anytime I drive thru there isn't even a check point in operation anymore. Glad they caught this one though.
Brenda October 06, 2012 at 06:56 PM
THey probably keep track of that sort of thing Ann, like who they pull over for 2nd check, white, age, what tipped them off, even if they don't have anything. Just seems to be the Mexican nationals that actually have the goods on them. With the cut backs in their hours they cant pull over more then they do already. :/ Its a damn shame too because if they were out there 24/7 just think of everything they could catch. Also with each officer having a drug sniffing dog right out there instead of the 1 in the 2nd check. As I have said before our wonderful elected officials just continue to cut back in all the areas we NEED MORE funding. If we added officers in mass on the border instead the spread out groups of 1 to 4, the check points run 24/7 and dogs at each lane(on the border checks also have dogs)it would be incrediable the amount of drugs they would find. Besides human traffic'ing.
john October 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM
For every guy they catch 100 more get in. Yes they do need to start profiling its unfortunate but true the only problem with that is the authorities let that freedom and power get to there heads sometimes and they start abusing power and mistreating others who obviously not criminals. Until the authorities can all act professional and do it right PR will always rule .
Lash LaRue October 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I heard he was driving a Los Pollos Hermanos home delivery truck.
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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