Temecula: Border Patrol Apprehends Man Trying to Smugggle Over $400,000 Cocaine & Heroin

The Drugs were Found Hidden in the Rear Quarter Panel of the Ford Expedition he was Driving

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling Interstate 15 by Temecula arrested a man on Sunday who had $400,700 worth of narcotics hidden inside his vehicle.

At approximately 11:15 am, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Newton-Azrak Station in Murrieta observed a 2003 Ford Expedition on Interstate 15 near Temecula. Swerving in and out of the I-15 lanes, the SUV’s male driver eventually exited at Temecula Parkway onto State Route 79, then turned onto Pechanga Parkway. Agents initiated a vehicle stop to question the driver.

During the encounter, a Border Patrol K-9 conducted a sniff of the vehicle and produced a positive alert. Conducting a hand search, agents soon discovered six bundles of cocaine hidden behind the driver’s side rear-quarter panel. A further search at the station revealed eight additional bundles of cocaine and two bundles of black tar heroin.

Following a K-9 alert, agents discovered 14 bundles of cocaine and two bundles of heroin hidden in the rear of the vehicle.

The 14 bundles of cocaine weighed 33.40 pounds and have an estimated street value of $334,000. The two bundles of black tar heroin weighed 6.39 pounds and have an estimated street value of $66,700.

The driver, a 39-year-old U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest for the possession of narcotics and booked into a Riverside County detention center. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Press Release Provided By the US Border Patrol