U.S. Border Patrol agents Saturday arrested a man suspected of smuggling more than $678,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin, according to a release from the agency.
At 7:45 a.m., agents stopped a 23-year-old U.S. citizen driving a 2000 Volkswagen Passat at the I-5 checkpoint near San Clemente, the release states.
Agents brought in a drug dog after the man exhibited a "nervous demeanor," the release states. Agents searched the vehicle after the drug dog indicated drugs were present, and found a bundle of heroin and 29 bundles of methamphetamine hidden inside the spare tire well, according to the release.
The methamphetamine weighed 31.20 pounds and had an estimated street value of $624,000. The heroin weighed 3.90 pounds and had an estimated street value of $54,600, the release states.