SAN CLEMENTE, CA â€” U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 38-year-old man who is suspected of allegedly smuggling more than $100,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine on Sunday morning near San Clemente said a press release.
At about 11:15 a.m., agents allegedly encountered the man, who was driving a Nissan Sentra sedan, at a gas station on Avenida Pico, near Interstate 5. During the encounter, a Border Patrol K-9 conducted a sniff of the vehicle, and produced a positive alert.
According to the press release agents searched the interior of the Nissan Sentra and discovered a secret compartment built into the vehicleâ€™s floorboards. Agents extracted 40 bundles of crystal methamphetamine from the compartment and arrested the driver.
The narcotics weighed 40.37 pounds and its estimated street value is $129,184.
The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Nissan Sentra was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.