Temecula, California - Border Patrol agents arrested a 23-year-old man last Thursday who was smuggling a large quantity of methamphetamine inside his car.

The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. when agents patrolling Interstate 15 initiated a vehicle stop on a 2003 Nissan Sentra.  A K-9 sniff of the sedan resulted in a positive alert.

During a search of the vehicle, agents located 50 bundles of methamphetamine hidden under the carpet of the driver’s seat.  The bundles weighed 68.34 pounds and are worth an estimated $683,400.

The man was arrested and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The suspect faces federal charges for drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.  The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.