2nd Car Found With Suspicious Packages Underneath - NBC 7 San Diego

2nd Car Found With Suspicious Packages Underneath

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    More Suspicious Packages Found Under Cars

    For the second time in as many days, suspicious packages have been found in the undercarriages of cars in San Diego County. It’s a way crooks turn innocent people into smugglers. NBC 7’s Rory Devine shares what authorities found under a car Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015)

    Border Patrol officers came across a car on Tuesday morning with seven suspicious packages attached to its undercarriage, a day after a similar such case at a San Diego gas station.

    Border Patrol officers conducting an inspection of a Kia Forte, which had stopped at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, spotted the packages attached with high-powered magnets to the undercarriage, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    Border Patrol officers said the packages contained nearly 35 pounds of marijuana. They interviewed the driver and say they are continuing to investigate the incident.

    On Monday, a man notified police after finding several suspicious packages beneath his SUV while at a Chevron station on Murphy Canyon Road just west of Interstate 15.

    Police described those packages as shoe-sized, cylindrical, metallic and electrical devices, which are being tested for chemicals.

    San Diego police detectives were taking over the investigation and at last word, it wasn’t clear if those packages contained drugs.

    It wasn't known whether the cases were connected.

    Border Patrol officers recommend drivers who routinely cross the border keep a close eye on their vehicle, secure it when it’s outside of view and vary their routine.