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Feds Find More Than 5 Pounds of Heroin at San Clemente Checkpoint

A U.S. citizen and a Mexican national were detained.

Three bundles of heroin were hidden behind the dashboard and one was behind a rear-quarter panel. Photo courtesy the U.S. Border Patrol.
Three bundles of heroin were hidden behind the dashboard and one was behind a rear-quarter panel. Photo courtesy the U.S. Border Patrol.
Federal agents intercepted a car last week carrying more than 5 pounds of heroin, the U.S. Border Patrol reported today.

On Friday,  at approximately 3:30 p.m., a 26-year-old U.S. citizen driving a 1996 Chevrolet Beretta arrived at the I-5 checkpoint near San Clemente, officials said.  The man and his 27-year-old Mexican national passenger were referred to secondary inspection. 

Once in secondary, a K-9 alerted to the car, according to a Border Patrol press release. A subsequent search by agents revealed three bags of heroin hidden behind the dashboard and one bag hidden behind a rear-quarter panel. 

The narcotics weighed 5.51 pounds and are worth an estimated $66,120.

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