I don't know where the driver of a 1993 Toyota Camry was headed, but it must've been a helluva party in the works considering the 10,000 doses of MDMA (i.e. ecstasy), 9.35 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 18.92 pounds of cocaine and more than 77 ounces of brown heroin being delivered.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the driver described only as a U.S. citizen was directed to a second search area upon reaching the 5 freeway checkpoint in San Clemente around 8:15 a.m. Monday.
Once there, a border patrol canine alerted agents that there was something tingling the sniffer near the spare tire in the trunk, according to officials.
Closer inspection by the human agents discovered several bundles in the tire, the CPB says.
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Those bundles contained the previously listed narcotics, which have an estimated street value of $652,700, according to the agency.
Perhaps it was the chaser that followed around 1:30 p.m. that same day, when a 40-year-old Mexican national driver of a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder and his 40-year-old Mexican national passenger were sent from the checkpoint to the secondary screening area.
Cue Sniffy McGruff, who alerted CPB agents to the SUV's roof rack bar, which was found to contain 10.47 pounds of crystal meth valued at $104,700, according to officials.
The three people who had been in the alleged drug mule vehicles were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, says the border patrol, which seized the rides.