U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a small SUV with more than 100 packages of crystal methamphetamine stashed inside the vehicle’s panels.
At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, agents initiated a traffic stop along the northbound I-5. A drug-sniffing dog signaled a positive alert, according to a press release from the Border Patrol.
“Agents searched the vehicle and located foil-wrapped packages hidden inside a door panel,” says the release.
The SUV and its 52-year-old Mexican national driver were transported to the San Clemente station for a more thorough inspection, officials said. The search resulted in the discovery of more packages hidden inside the right and left quarter panels, inside the door panels, underneath the center console and under the floor.
“When finished, the agents had 136 packages of methamphetamine,” according to the press release. Altogether, the drugs weighed 83.09 pounds with a value of $1,830,900 in U.S. currency.
The suspect and drugs were turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.