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56 pounds of meth seized at I-8 checkpoint, man and teen daughter arrested

Posted at 12:34 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 15:35:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A man and his 18-year-old daughter were arrested after U.S. border officials said 56 pounds of methamphetamine was found in their car at a checkpoint in Pine Valley.

On Friday, just before 1:30 a.m., an Infiniti QX4 approached Border Patrol agents at the Pine Valley checkpoint on Interstate 8.

As agents questioned the driver, a K9 team inspected the vehicle and alerted agents to something inside.

Agents searched the vehicle and found 39 plastic-wrapped packages of meth inside three duffle bags in the backseat. The 56 pounds of meth have an estimated street value of $62,568, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

The driver, identified as a 42-year-old U.S. citizen, and his 18-year-old daughter were taken into custody on suspicion of drug smuggling. The drugs were turned over to the DEA and the vehicle was seized by the Border Patrol.

USBP officials said: “San Diego Sector has seized approximately 2,065 pounds of methamphetamine since October 1, 2019.”