Border Patrol finds heroin, fentanyl hidden in car battery


SAN DIEGO — U.S. Border Patrol agents made an unusual discovery Wednesday after stopping a woman’s car on Interstate 15.

The agency shared photos of its agents searching a car battery removed from a Ford pickup truck. Border Patrol said in a news release that agents stopped a suspicious vehicle on I-15 near Temecula Wednesday and searched the car after a K-9 alerted to the engine compartment.

Border Patrol said its agents noticed signs of tampering on the vehicle battery and found four packages inside containing 9.26 pounds of heroin and 1.23 pounds of suspected fentanyl. The drugs had an estimated street value of $105,000.

The drugs and driver, a U.S. citizen, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration Los Angeles Field Division for further investigation and Border Patrol seized the vehicle.

The Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector has seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine, 1,200 pounds of methamphetamine, 100 pounds of heroin and 300 pounds of fentanyl since Oct. 1, 2020.

San Diegans are asked to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector at 619-498-9900.

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