NILAND – ElÂ Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 111 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine hidden inside an engineâ€™s firewall compartment on Monday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:27 a.m., after a 54-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a green 2010 Jeep Compass.
During primary inspection, a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the vehicle.Â Agents referred the man to secondary inspection for a closer examination.
After further inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered 45 packages hidden in the vehicleâ€™s engine firewall compartment.Â The packages were examined and tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
â€œCommunities all over the nation are reeling from the destruction that methamphetamines leave in its wake,â€ said David S. Kim, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent.Â â€œThis seizure illustrates how Border Patrol agents protect those in our communities from all threats to safety and security encountered.â€
The combined weight of the packages totaled 42.62 pounds with an estimated street value of $170,468.
The man, a Permanent Legal Resident, the vehicle, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. `