Border Patrol agents seized $300,000 in methamphetamine Wednesday night from a U.S. citizen allegedly trying to smuggle the drugs in the body of his car, authorities said.
The 24-year-old man was stopped at a San Clemente checkpoint around 7:30 p.m., the U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector said.
While agents questioned the man, a police dog sniffed around the vehicle and detected the drugs, officials said.
Local news from across Southern California
The agents removed a piece of the vehicle on the driver's side and discovered meth stuffed in freezer bags, authorities said.
Authorities recovered 23 bags that weighed 33 pounds. The estimated street value of the drugs is $330,900.
The man was arrested on drug trafficking and possession charges. The methamphetamine was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.