California Border Patrol Finds 27 Pounds Of Meth In Booster Seat

California Border Patrol Finds 27 Pounds Of Meth In Booster Seat

Authored by Jill McLaughlin via The Epoch Times,

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in Murrieta, California, arrested the driver of a car carrying 27 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in child booster seats, authorities announced June 17.

Border Patrol K9 team alert agents to children booster seats, and with further inspection agents found several packages of methamphetamine in Murrieta, Calif., on June 20, 2022. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The suspect, a U.S. citizen, was driving on Interstate 15, north of a Border Patrol station, on June 15.

“Drug smugglers will use any means necessary to get their poison onto our streets. Nothing is sacred to them, not even family,” Aaron M. Heitke, Chief Patrol Agent at the San Diego Sector said in a release.

A man was driving with his wife and four of their children when agents stopped the car. A K9 team was dispatched and located the narcotics in three booster seats inside the car. Several packages were found containing methamphetamine, U.S. Border Patrol reported.

The estimated street value is $60,000, agents said.

Agents turned the driver over to the Inland Crackdown Allied Taskforce for prosecution. The vehicle was seized by Border Patrol. The four children and their mother were released.

Tyler Durden
Wed, 06/22/2022 – 23:25

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23 Pounds Of Cocaine Stashed In Wheelchair By Man Posing As “Handicapped” At Charlotte Airport

23 Pounds Of Cocaine Stashed In Wheelchair By Man Posing As “Handicapped” At Charlotte Airport

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered a wheelchair stuffed with pounds of cocaine after a US citizen returned from the Dominican Republic and landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. 

According to a CBP press release, a 22yo US male operating an electric wheelchair underwent a full inspection by officers on Tuesday. After examining the wheelchair, officers found four packages containing over 23 pounds of cocaine, hidden within the seat cushion, with an estimated street value of $378k.

Mike Prado, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Charlotte, told local news WBTV on Friday that his team had prior intelligence the man was smuggling drugs into the country through a wheelchair. 

“What we did was identify the individual. Agents and inspectors were able to pull him out of line when he was laid over for a connecting flight to Newark, New Jersey,” said Prado.

When CBP questioned the man during an interview, his story didn’t match up. 

“It was readily apparent that there was something suspicious going on so we had probable cause to conduct further investigation and ultimately we were able to determine that he was sitting on 11 kilos of cocaine,” said Prado.

The special agent said it’s not often people smuggle drugs in a wheelchair through an airport. 

“It’s unusual for an airport environment generally to have somebody pose as a handicapped person and have a wheelchair stuffed with cocaine. That is definitely something we’re more accustomed to seeing at land borders, the southwest border,” said Prado.

He also said the attempt to smuggle drugs in a wheelchair shows how desperate some people are to get drugs into the US. 

There have been other absurd drug smuggling attempts in the past, including a Brazilian man who tried to hide a kilo of cocaine in his fake butt implants and was intercepted at an airport in Portugal. 

Tyler Durden
Sun, 06/05/2022 – 19:00

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