FALLBROOK – A 37-year-old Mexican man was arrested after Border Patrol agents found nearly 25 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine in his car during a traffic stop on Interstate 15, Border Patrol officials said today.
Agents patrolling a stretch of the interstate near Fallbrook around 2 p.m. Thursday stopped the suspect’s red 2003 Dodge Neon, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Paul Carr said.
A drug-sniffing dog tipped agents off and they subsequently found 10 bundles hidden in the lining of the back seat — five filled with cocaine and the others with methamphetamine, Carr said. The drugs were estimated to be worth more than $285,000.
The driver was taken into custody and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Carr said. He is expected to face federal charges of drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.
The Border Patrol seized the car, Carr said. The driver’s name was not immediately available.