A 19-year-old was arrested Wednesday at the San Clemente Border Patrol checkpoint after agents discovered more than 17 pounds of meth packed in his car.
At about 4 p.m., agents saw what they thought was a suspicious-looking car drive north through the checkpoint. The 1999 Honda Accord was pulled over near Magdalena Road in San Clemente, where a drug-sniffing dog gave the positive alert for contraband, according to a Border Patrol press release.
Agents searched the car and found packages of methamphetamine hidden inside its panels, officials said.
More packages were discovered after towing the car back to the San Clemente station. Altogether, the meth weighed in at 17.33 pounds, which would sell for approximately $173,300, officials said.
The suspect was arrested and turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the news release. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.