Agents find $500K of heroin, meth in car

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The compartment contained bundles of meth and China White heroin.

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The compartment contained bundles of meth and China White heroin.

PINE VALLEY, Calif. — A woman trying to smuggle more than a half a million dollars worth of illegal drugs in her car was apprehended by federal agents at a routine East County U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint this weekend, authorities reported Monday.

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Agents at the Pine Valley checkpoint on I-8 referred a suspicious 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier for a secondary inspection yesterday.

The 33-year-old Mexican citizen entered the Interstate 8 inspection facility in Pine Valley in a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Border Patrol public affairs.

When the woman ignored a request to roll down her window for routine questioning, agents decided to look through her vehicle. During the search, a service dog alerted them to the presence of contraband.

Inside a non-factory compartment beneath the dashboard were nine bundles of heroin, weighing a combined 13.85 pounds, and 30 packages of methamphetamine with a total weight of 24.91 pounds. The estimated street value of the haul of drugs was $519,000.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration personnel took custody of the woman, whose name was withheld. She was expected to face federal charges of possession of a controlled substance. The Border Patrol seized her car.