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Border Patrol: Man caught smuggling drugs with teenage son

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 15:26:15-05

PINE VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) - A man suspected of smuggling drugs along Interstate 8 with his teenage son in the car was arrested Friday by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Pine Valley.

The 62-year-old unidentified man drove a Honda Accord through the I-8 immigration checkpoint and triggered a Border Patrol canine response, agents said. A secondary inspection turned up anomalies with the car’s battery.

Agents said they found four vaccuum-sealed bags that tested positive for characteristics of cocaine.

The packages weighed 10 pounds and had a street value of more than $130,000, according to the Border Patrol.

The man, a U.S. citizen, was taken into the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

His 15-year-old son was turned over to the custody of his aunt.