Money, Drugs, Hidden in Baby Wipes, Tire on 15 Freeway

Two seizures totaling nearly $400,000 were made on Interstate 15 -- one on each side -- by Border Patrol agents staffing the checkpoint outside Temecula.

Packages of Huggies wipes, a roll of towels and a stack of gloves served as hiding places for thousands of dollars in cash found in a vehicle at the I-15 Border Patrol checkpoint this week.

In addition to the money -- $17,863 was found in a 2009 Econoline Van heading south -- agents also found 19 pounds of methampetamine hidden in a car heading north, according to Agent Scott Simon.

About 3 p.m., Tuesday, a U.S. citizen and his Mexican-national girlfriend were caught allegedly smuggling drugs into Riverside County by Border Patrol agents staffing the Interstate 15 checkpoint just outside Temecula, officials said.

The 20-year-old man and his 18-year-old girlfriend were stopped while in a 2006 Mercury Montego, according to Agent Scott Simon.

The reason the car was stopped was not revealed.

"We don't reveal investigative techniques," Simon told Patch.

The two allegedly had 19 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a tire stuffed in the trunk, with a street value of almost $375,000, according to Simon.

Agents on scene used a drug-sniffing dog to perform a quick inspection of the car and following the pooch's cue, searched for and located 17 vacuum-sealed bundles of the drug, Simon wrote.
The man was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration and the woman was turned over to the Department of Homeland
Security for deportation proceedings, Simon said.

The car was seized by the agents.

Earlier the same day, agents stopped the van, occupied by a 35-year-old U.S. man and his 36-year-old passenger, a Mexican man, officials said.

A dog was brought out and according to Simon, sniffed out the money, which most likely had drug residue on it.

"Generally they (dogs) sniff money and guns or drugs and humans," Simon told Patch.

"If the dog alerted it's probably because there was some sort of narcotics residue on the money."

Agents found $17,863 hidden inside the wipes, shop towels and gloves.

The suspects were booked into the Riverside County Jail in Vista and the cash and van were seized as assets.


Jerome October 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Haha! Good point McClure Galactic, you will have to trust me if u can on this one. . . I work in the field of law enforcement I know that's drug money and I've been around long enough to call it what it is. While I can appreciate your comments and the untrained eye I know that came from selling drugs in the street. And your right. . . There is a demand here in the US but we don't give up. We try and raise good kids who will stay away from that stuff. The vast majority of Americans don't want that crap up here and those are the ones I work for
Galactic Cannibal October 28, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Jerome ..Dude< With all due respect your comment I find it confusing or possibly bigoted.: "The vast majority of Americans don't want that crap up here and those are the ones I work for" If Marijuana is crap then how would you describe Booze Booze is consumed by 70% of all adult Americans and 80% of high schoolers . And in our society (including Temecula) booze leads to murder and vast domestic violence, including rape etc. So would you call booze crap ???? or what. Do another test Take 100 adults and give them each a joint to smoke in Bar Take 100 adults and give them each a fifth of Jack Daniels to drink in a Bar. Which of those 2 groups will start fighting and smash up the Bar. Which of those 2 groups will kick back and laugh and chant PEACE Brothers. Take it easy dude....!!!!
Galactic Cannibal October 28, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Hey Dude, Then, are you saying (implying) Americans do not have the guts to tell the Mexicans you must learn English or go home to Mexico if you do not. Or would that trigger the "illusionary rights" that every resident here imagine they have. Inquiring Minds want to know.
JJ Mclure October 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Mexicans don't have enough respect for the country they are invading. Americans have the guts to tell them to leave. It's the Politicians that don't
TVOR October 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I don't think drugs like meth or heroine should be available to anyone in our country, juveniles or adults. But it is pure fantasy to think that will ever happen. My point is we must do what we can to prevent drugs from being sold to our children. We will not get them all but if we save a few kids from our city a year from a life of drug addiction and crime then it is worth the effort.


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