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Border Patrol agents intercept $620K worth of meth, cocaine and heroin in I-15 bust

Alex Riggins

March 14, 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Border Patrol agents from the San Diego Sector intercepted an SUV on Wednesday night that was allegedly loaded with more than 150 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin worth more than $620,000, authorities said.

Agents spotted the Ford Explorer around 9 p.m. on northbound Interstate 15 and, believing it was suspicious, stopped it near the Temecula Border Patrol substation, which is just north of San Diego County, agency spokeswoman Mary Beth Caston said in a statement.

A drug-sniffing dog zeroed in on the back of the SUV, where agents allegedly found 114 separate bundles of drugs, Caston said.

The agents allegedly found more than 114 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $230,000; more than 27 pounds of cocaine valued at roughly $277,000; and nearly 11 pounds of black tar heroin worth roughly $114,000.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, and his passenger, a 41-year-old man, were both identified as Mexican citizens, Caston said. They were detained and turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of drug smuggling charges.

Border Patrol agents seized the Ford Explorer.

Between the beginning of October and the end of February, Border Patrol San Diego Sector agents had intercepted 1,255 pounds of methamphetamine, 506 pounds of cocaine and 114 pounds of heroin, authorities said.

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