SAN DIEGO — A 19-year-old Mexican citizen was behind bars in San Diego Thursday for allegedly smuggling nearly 25 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States in her car.
The woman drove into the U.S. Border Patrol’s Pine Valley-area checkpoint on Interstate 8 in a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
After a service dog indicated the presence of contraband in the sedan, officers searched it and found the haul of illicit narcotics — worth an estimated $498,000 in street sales — wrapped in 23 packages that had been stashed under the front fenders, according to USBP officials.
The suspect, whose name was withheld, was placed in federal custody pending prosecution. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized her car along with the methamphetamine.