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Border Patrol bust driver hauling more than $40k in meth

USBP meth bust
Posted at 5:34 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 20:34:40-05

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (KGTV) — More than 40 pounds of methamphetamine was seized from a man's car after he was seen driving erratically on Interstate 5 near San Clemente Wednesday.

As agents attempted to catch up to the man, he rapidly cut across traffic, exited at a nearby rest stop, and parked. The 20-year-old man was arrested by agents from the San Diego Sector at about 11:30 a.m. while driving a 1998 red Ford Mustang, according to a statement issued by the Border Patrol. The driver was identified only as a U.S. citizen.

The meth which was discovered in more than 25 bundles in the trunk of the Mustang, had an estimated street value of almost $41,000, according to the Border Patrol. Agents were alerted to the truck by a drug-sniffing dog.

San Diego Sector’s Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke stated, “These drugs could have wreaked havoc on any American community. Thankfully, our agents prevented that from happening.”

The 20-year-old driver was taken into custody by the Drug Enforcement Administration and he faces Federal prosecution. The Mustang was seized by Border Patrol.

For Fiscal Year 2021, San Diego Sector seized more than 625 pounds of cocaine, 479 pounds of methamphetamine, 62 pounds of heroin, and 252 pounds of fentanyl.