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Border Patrol seizes $1.5 million in cocaine near Temecula checkpoint

By in Press Enterprise on June 15, 2017

By Gail Wesson

Border Patrol agents seized more than 100 pounds of cocaine with an estimated $1.5 million value Tuesday, June 13, after a suspect attempted to elude a checkpoint inspection on the I-15 in Temecula, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol news release.

The 46-year-old man, who arrived at the checkpoint driving a 2000 Infinity QX4 SUV, was referred to a secondary inspection area, but the driver sped away.

Agents stopped him after a pursuit into a residential area near Temecula Parkway. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but he was caught when an agent deployed a stun gun on him, the release stated.

Agents discovered 37 bundles of cocaine stashed inside a speaker box and plastic container in the vehicle’s rear cargo area.

The suspect was not identified by name. He was booked at a detention facility and will face state narcotics charges.


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