PINE VALLEY — A checkpoint inspection on Sunday evening by U.S. Border Patrol agents led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man who was allegedly smuggling bundles of meth inside his SUV’s engine compartment.
At approximately 9 p.m., agents at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 near Pine Valley referred a man in a 2008 Nissan Armada for a secondary inspection. Once in secondary, a nearby K-9 alerted to the man’s vehicle. A search of the Armada revealed a non-factory compartment behind the front firewall on the passenger side of the vehicle. Inside were 46 bundles of methamphetamine.
The bundles of methamphetamine weighed 46.84 pounds and were valued at $159,256.
The man was arrested for suspected narcotics smuggling and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the narcotics. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.