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Border Patrol: Man arrested with $400K worth of drugs near Temecula

Posted at 3:14 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 18:14:54-04

TEMECULA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Border Patrol agents arrested a man Sunday after discovering more than $400,000 worth of drugs hidden inside his SUV.

According to Border Patrol, agents spotted a man in a Ford Expedition swerving in and out of lanes on I-15 near Temecula around 11:15 Sunday.

A short distance later, agents stopped the man and questioned the driver when the agency says a K-9 alerted agents that there may be drugs inside the vehicle.

After a search, agents discovered six bundles of cocaine and two bundles of black tar heroin inside a panel behind the driver’s side rear-quarter panel.

Another search at a nearby station revealed eight more bundles of cocaine and two more bundles of the heroin.

The value of the cocaine is estimated to have a street value of $334,000 and the heroin’s value is estimated at $66,700.

The 39-year-old man, who agents say is a U.S. citizen, was arrested for possession of narcotics.

Since the beginning of October 2018, agents have seized 865 pounds of cocaine and 2,648 ounces of heroin.