MURRIETA: K-9 sniffs out nearly $200K in Heroin, Meth during traffic stop

MURRIETA — Border Patrol agents arrested a 53-year-old man Friday afternoon, April 7, after agents discovered nearly $200,000 worth of narcotics hidden inside a vehicle the man was driving. 

The traffic stop seizure amounted to 53.55 lbs. of meth and 6.21 lbs. of heroin. US Border Patrol image

Agents found the illegal narcotics after they conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the suspect’s vehicle, a Dodge Journey SUV. Agents made the stop about 1:30 p.m., on northbound I-215, near the Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. exit.

During the vehicle stop, agents brought in a law enforcement trained K-9 and a “sniff” was conducted on the vehicle. The K-9 almost immediately alerted to the presence of narcotics, at which time agents conducted a further search of the vehicle.

While searching the SUV, agents  located a secret, hidden, man-made compartment built into the vehicle’s firewall.

Agents eventually located and seized 57 bundles of methamphetamine totaling more than 53 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of $128,520.

Agents also located and recovered two bundles of heroin from the compartment, totaling more than six pounds of heroin, with a street value of $68,310.

The suspected smuggler, who agents did not identify, was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta and is facing several narcotics-related charges.

After recovering the narcotics, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized the suspect’s vehicle.

This sizable drug bust comes on the heels of an April 6 traffic stop and drug bust, during which agents located and seized nearly 35 pounds of methamphetamine during another Border Patrol vehicle stop in the same area of Murrieta.

3 Responses to "MURRIETA: K-9 sniffs out nearly $200K in Heroin, Meth during traffic stop"

  1. Preston   April 12, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Where was the vehicle coming from?

  2. Preston   April 14, 2017 at 6:07 am

    If this vehicle came form Mexico why didn’t it get stopped there?
    Don’t they have dogs at the border?

  3. Preston   April 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

    A problem in California is people have had the good life for so long they have become apathetic.
    People don’t care if drugs are poring into our country as long as it does not interfere with their life.
    Time to wake up because between the Gangbangers, Druggies, Illegals, Corruption in our Government and all the New Taxes they keep coming up with, it will not be long before that good life will be in jeopardy.


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