Border Patrol nabs fentanyl smuggler on I-8 in Campo

CAMPO (KUSI) – Agents with U.S. Border Patrol caught a motorist trying to smuggle hundreds of pounds of fentanyl through eastern San Diego County Monday, the agency reported.

The federal officers pulled over the driver on eastbound Interstate 8 near Golden Acorn Casino in the Campo area about 3 a.m., according to USBP public affairs.

During the traffic stop, a service dog alerted the personnel to the possible presence of contraband in the man’s black 2015 GMC pickup truck, and a search of the vehicle turned up suspicious bundles concealed in a spare tire and the gas tank.

Inside the packages was a combined total of about 250 pounds of pills that tested positive for fentanyl — a drug haul that would have had an estimated street value of roughly $3.7 million.

The motorist, a U.S. citizen whose name was not released, and the narcotics were turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the Border Patrol.

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