TEMECULA, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol (agents on Wednesday morning arrested a woman who possessed nine pounds of heroin and one pound of fentanyl inside her vehicle’s battery.
At approximately 10 a.m., USBP agents on patrol pulled over an adult female driving on Interstate 15 near Temecula.
After speaking with the driver, agents conducted a K-9 sniff of the vehicle. The K-9 quickly alerted to the vehicle’s engine compartment. Searching further, agents discovered signs of tampering on the vehicle’s battery. Shortly after, the driver admitted the battery contained illegal narcotics. Agents arrested the driver and transported her and the vehicle to a nearby Border Patrol station.
Further inspection at the station revealed four packages concealed inside the battery. The packages contained 9.26 pounds of heroin and 1.23 pounds of suspected fentanyl and have an estimated street value of $105,000.
“These substances destabilize communities by fueling addiction and creating dependence,” said U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. “Drug seizures like these emphasize a simple truth. Border security is national security.”
The narcotics and the driver were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration Los Angeles Field Division for further investigation and U.S. Border Patrol seized vehicle.
Since October 1, 2020, San Diego Sector has seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine; 1,200 pounds of methamphetamine; 100 pounds of heroin; and 300 pounds of fentanyl.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors entering, departing or along our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.