PINE VALLEY, Calif.—Through the efforts of well-trained Border Patrol agents and highly effective canines, a narcotics smuggling attempt was prevented yesterday at the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint near Pine Valley, Calif.
The smuggling incident took place at approximately 11 a.m., as agents working at the checkpoint on Interstate 8 encountered a 1995 Jeep Wrangler occupied by a female driver and male passenger, both 20 years of age. As the vehicle approached the checkpoint, a Border Patrol K-9 team working in the pre-primary area alerted to the vehicle. Subsequently, the vehicle was referred to secondary inspection for further investigation.
During the investigation, agents discovered an aftermarket compartment in the undercarriage of the vehicle. The compartment contained 10 bundles of crystal methamphetamine. The narcotics had a total weight of 46.52 pounds and an estimated street value of $465,200.
David BeMiller, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Campo Station, said, “These significant narcotic seizures by Campo Border Patrol agents demonstrate our aggressive pursuit of criminal organizations by preventing them from pushing drugs into our communities and throughout the nation.”
The driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens, were arrested for possession of the methamphetamine and turned over to a multiagency task force led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the narcotics. The Jeep Wrangler was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
In fiscal year 2015, San Diego Sector intercepted 2,266 pounds of methamphetamine.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.