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Border Patrol agents discover meth inside drug smuggling Smart Car

July 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents discover meth inside drug smuggling Smart Car

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents working in southern California recovered 75 bundles of meth from a drug smuggling Smart Car.

Agents operating in the San Diego Sector pulled over the U.S. citizen driver of Mercedes Smart car three miles north of the Interstate 5 checkpoint located near San Clemente, according to a CBP press release.

The stop took place on Wednesday. The driver, a 25-year-old and his 60-year-old passenger told authorities that they were on their way to La Puente.

A K-9 agent signaled to the presence of drugs inside of the car. Border agents executed a search of the vehicle and found 75 bundles of what tested positive for meth. Officials also confiscated two bundles of an unidentified substance discovered in the car. The illegal narcotics and drug smuggling Smart Car were seized.

Border Patrol agents found 75 bundles of methamphetamine inside a Smart car. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol)

The 75 packages of meth weighed 75.51 pounds and are worth an estimated value of $256,734. The two other bundles weighed 4.96 pounds, which were sent to a lab for identification testing.

Agents took the two individuals into custody and turned them over to the DEA for investigation.

The number of drug seizures by Border Patrol agents have risen significantly after the drop in illegal crossings since President Trump assumed office in January. CBP officials reported a 177% rise in heroin seizures and a 129% increase in cocaine seizures over the past few months.

Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, Commander Manuel Padilla, Jr. announced in a written statement: “Low apprehension numbers do not mean a quiet border. Criminal organizations will continue to smuggle contraband and threaten border security.”

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