3 arrested in meth bust at I-5 checkpoint

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Border Patrol agents seized more than 16-pounds of methamphetamine in three separate stops at the checkpoint on Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton, officials with the federal agency said Friday.

3-1-13-USBP Agents Seize More Than 16 Pounds of Meth Valued at 326K Photo 2In the first of the three incidents on Thursday morning, about 8 a.m. dogs sniffed out a piece of a luggage belonging to a 23-year-old U.S. citizen who was a bus passenger, according to the Border Patrol. Agents searched it and found two packages full of more than four pounds of the drug, worth an estimated street value of $81,000.

About an hour later, agents questioned a 37-year-old Mexican citizen aboard a commuter van who Border Patrol officials said was displaying nervous behavior. Agents searched him and found more than seven pounds of methamphetamine, worth about $145,000, in three packages attached to his lower back and thighs, Border Patrol officials said.

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, dogs inspecting another passenger bus alerted agents to the luggage of a 45-year-old U.S. citizen. Agents searched the luggage and found four packages of methamphetamine weighing just over five pounds and worth more than $100,000.

All three people along with the drugs were turned to over the Drug Enforcement Administration.


  • Molly Pitcher

    Have you ever seen what meth does to people? The punishment for these smugglers of death should be for them to ingest the entire package. Either that or public execution.

  • Meshell

    Wow, three busts on bus passengers in one day. Some idiot previous caught for illegal activity probably set these people up to get a reduced sentence, obtain a temporary visa, ect………Why does the DEA/FBI continue to waste time cutting deals with these fools? I'm guessing it's all about numbers for these officers. Pretty sure they are smart enough to know these busts they get tips on are just an easy way out of a lengthy sentence for the pro drug dealers.

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