San Clemente, California - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man near the Interstate 5 checkpoint yesterday who had methamphetamine hidden inside his car.

At approximately 4 p.m., an agent at the checkpoint observed a suspicious 1999 Honda Accord headed north on I-5.  The agent initiated a vehicle stop near Magdalena Road.  He conducted a K-9 sniff, which resulted in a positive alert.  Agents searched the vehicle and located packages hidden inside a door panel.

The vehicle was transported to the San Clemente Station for further investigation.  A package was removed from the passenger-side rear-quarter panel and two packages were removed from the driver-side quarter panel.  All packages tested positive for methamphetamine.

The meth weighs 17.33 pounds and sells for approximately $173,300.  The suspect was arrested and turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.  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.