December 20, 2012
U.S. Border Patrol agents seized a total of $873,800 in methamphetamine in three separate stops on state Route 94 and Interstate 5 this week, the federal agency announced Thursday.
The first stop was made at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente on Sunday evening, according to a U.S. Border Patrol agent Scott Simon. A 21-year-old man, a U.S. citizen, hid 6.95 pounds of meth in a fire extinguisher and a battery casing, he said in a statement.
Then, on Monday afternoon, a 49-year-old man, also a U.S. citizen, was stopped on state Route 94 near Jamul. He was driving a vehicle with 25.83 pounds of meth hidden inside the vehicle’s rocker panels, Simon said. Rocker panels are located under a vehicle’s door, between the tire wheels, and are used to protect the undercarriage from rocks, mud and other road debris.