$200K of meth snagged at I-8 checkpoint

$200K of meth snagged at I-8 checkpoint


SAN DIEGO – Federal agents staffing an East County freeway checkpoint over the Martin Luther King Day weekend arrested two motorists on suspicion of trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the United States, authorities said Tuesday.

About 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a 24-year-old U.S. woman arrived at the Campo- area Interstate 8 inspection facility in a 2003 Nissan 350Z, and a service dog alerted officers to the presence of contraband inside the vehicle, according to Border Patrol officials.

A search of the car revealed a large non-factory stereo in the trunk. Inside a connected speaker, officials found 4.1 pounds of methamphetamine, a quantity with an estimated street value of roughly $47,000.

Early Monday morning, a 53-year-old Mexican man arrived at the checkpoint in a 1999 Ford F150. A canine team detected something suspicious in the pickup truck, and a search uncovered 11 hidden packages of the drug. The 13.8-pound stash would have…

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