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U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted three shipments of methamphetamine totaling about 60 pounds this week, according to the agency.

The 60 pounds of methamphetamine have a street value of about $1.1 million, said Mary Beth Lane Caston, a spokeswoman for the Border Patrol in San Diego.

Methamphetamine seized

Packaged methamphetamine was seized at the checkpoint near Temecula in April 2012. File photo courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol


The largest of the three seizures occurred Tuesday about 12:30 p.m. when agents stopped a black 2006 Dodge Charger driven by a 26-year-old Mexican man on Interstate 15.

After searching the vehicle, agents found 16 bundles of methamphetamine hidden inside car batteries that were in the trunk. The drugs weighed about 50 pounds and had an estimated street value of $998,600, according to the Border Patrol.

Also about noon Tuesday, agents encountered two 20-year-old U.S. citizens in two vehicles parked near the Interstate 5 San Clemente checkpoint, the spokeswoman said. One of the men was in a gold-colored, 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, and the other man was in a green, 1997 Honda Civic.

After searching both vehicles, the agents found a fire extinguisher in the trunk of each vehicle. The extinguisher containers were filled with methamphetamine with a total weight of 6.2 pounds and a worth of about $123,400, according to the Border Patrol.

The third incident occurred at about 1 p.m. Monday, the spokeswoman said.

Agents at the I-5 checkpoint stopped a 51-year-old U.S. citizen driving a silver, 2005 Dodge Magnum, according to the agency. The agents searched the vehicle and found two bundles of methamphetamine under the rear seat. The drugs weighed about 3 pounds and had an estimated value of about $61,800, according to the Border Patrol.

The suspected smugglers and the drugs were turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.


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