Mexican National Liquid-Meth Smuggler Arrested on California Highway
Photo: these contained liquid meth
SAN CLEMENTE – U.S. Border Patrol Agents initiated a vehicle stop on a Nissan Versa sedan on the Interstate 5, near San Clemente, on 12/11/19 at approximately 10:20 AM. Agents questioned the driver, who was identified as a Mexican national with a valid B1/B2 Visitor Visa.
This type of stop is common – “To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders,” said the U.S. Border Patrol, San Diego Sector.
The anonymous man (47) granted permission for a search of his vehicle. During the search of the car’s trunk, agents discovered suspicious-looking transmission fluid and coolant containers.
“After testing the contents of the containers, agents determined that they contained liquid methamphetamine,” said Border Patrol. “The meth weighed 34.61 pounds and has an estimated street value of $65,759.”
U. S. Border Patrol seized the vehicle. The driver was arrested and delivered, along with the containers of meth, to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
“No longer is meth being moved only in crystal or powder form,” said DEA special agent Wendell Campbell.
DEA San Diego Division issued the following statement, via Twitter: “DEA works hard to keep #meth off our streets. More meth is seized along the CA border than along the border in AZ, NM, and TX combined. But unfortunately some still gets through and people are dying here in #SanDiego in record numbers.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900