Meth Smuggling Attempts on the Rise This Week

By Monica Garske
|  Thursday, Dec 20, 2012  |  Updated 9:37 PM PDT
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2 Smuggling Attempts, 450 Pounds of Pot

U.S. Border Patrol

Four bundles of meth hidden inside two front seats had an estimated street value of $218,200.

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The U.S. Border Patrol has seen a notable increase in methamphetamine smuggling attempts in San Diego this week, agents said Thursday.

According to the Border Patrol, there have been three separate meth smuggling attempts at three different checkpoints since Sunday.

In one incident, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen tried to smuggle nearly seven pounds of meth hidden inside a fire extinguisher and battery casing.

In a second attempt at SR-94 near Jamul, a male driver attempted to bring nearly 26 pounds of meth across the checkpoint. The drugs were hidden inside the rocker panels of his vehicle.

In the third incident, a Mexican national tried to smuggle nearly 11 pounds of meth hidden inside the seats of his SUV, agents said.

In total, agents said the methamphetamine seized in the three attempts this week had an estimated street value of $873,800.

The suspected smugglers were all taken into custody and turned over to the DEA and Homeland Security.

To scroll through more photos of drug smuggling attempts at San Diego's borders, click here.

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