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San Diego Border Patrol Agents Nab $600K of Drugs at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
August 18, 2014

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.— On August 14th and 15th, U.S. Border Patrol agents at the San Clemente checkpoint arrested two men and seized more than $600,000 in drugs from two different incidents.

Bundles of hard narcotics worth around $440K found inside pick up truck.

Bundles of hard narcotics worth around $440K found inside pick up truck.

The first incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m., when a 44-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2007 Dodge Ram truck arrived at the checkpoint.  Agents sent the man to secondary where a K-9 team performed a cursory search of the truck, resulting in an alert. 

During inspection, Agents observed dry mud at the bottom of the truck’s tailgate.  Agents removed the mud off the tailgate, revealing 16 plastic bundles hidden inside.  Four bundles, weighing 5.95 pounds, tested positive for methamphetamine and twelve bundles weighing 29.33 pounds tested positive for cocaine.  

The methamphetamine and cocaine has a combined street value of $440,790.

The second incident occurred when a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen driver arrived at the San Clemente checkpoint at approximately 9:00 a.m.  The man was referred for a secondary inspection where a K-9 sniff of the man’s 2010 Chevrolet Malibu resulted in an alert. 

Bundles of marijuana discovered in truck

Bundles of marijuana discovered in trunk, front and rear bumpers of truck with an estimated value of $216,225.

Agents searched the vehicle and discovered bundles of marijuana in the trunk, the front and rear bumpers, and under a blanket in the backseat. 

The marijuana weighed approximately 480.5 pounds and has an estimated street value of $216,225. 

Agents arrested both men for drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.  The men and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration; the vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.