SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two men near the San Ysidro Port of Entry Sunday who had nearly $450,000 in methamphetamine in their vehicles.
At approximately 11 a.m., a man was observed running north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the San Ysidro Port of Entry. A Border Patrol agent responded to the scene and located a man matching the description in a nearby parking lot off of Camino De La Plaza. The man was speaking with a second man near a Ford Focus sedan when the agent approached. The man was identified as a 22-year-old Mexican national and his companion was a 32-year-old U.S citizen. As the agent spoke with the men, a backup agent with a K-9 arrived to assist. The K-9 alerted to the Ford Focus, which was associated with the Mexican national. The K-9 also alerted to a nearby Jeep Grand Cherokee, which belonged to the U.S. citizen.
A search of the two vehicles revealed 31 bundles of methamphetamine. The bundles weighed 44.86 pounds and have an estimated street value of $448,600.
In fiscal year 2014, San Diego Sector intercepted 1,797 pounds of methamphetamine.
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.
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