SAN DIEGO – Two men were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 5 Thursday morning when drug-sniffing dogs alerted agents to methamphetamine concealed inside their car.
The 33-year-old Mexican man driving a 2008 Chrysler Sebring with his 22-year-old passenger were referred to a secondary inspection at the San Clemente checkpoint at 2 a.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.
Drug-sniffing dogs alerted agents to the car where authorities found 19 vacuum-sealed packages with meth inside the gas tank and 20 more packages inside the vehicle’s rocker panels, according to CBP.
The driver had a valid Visa, but did not have an I-94 permit, which would allow him to travel a distance greater than 25 miles from the U.S./Mexico border, agents said.
CBP officials said the meth weighed 78 pounds and has an estimate value of $780,000.
The two men were taken into custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration and face charges of immigration violation and possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute.