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Agents at CheckPoint Discover Drugs Inside a Bucket of Plaster and Recover Gun from a Hidden Compartment

Release Date: 
December 3, 2013

SAN DIEGO—Campo Border Patrol agents intercepted two drug smuggling attempts during the holiday week in San Diego’s East County and arrested two people with a handgun.

On Sunday at approximately 1 a.m., two U.S. citizens arrived at the Pine Valley checkpoint in a 2002 Volkswagen Passat.  While waiting in the pre-primary lane, a K-9 alerted to the vehicle.  Agents questioned the 56-year-old female driver and her 42-year-old male passenger.  The vehicle was referred for a secondary inspection and agents discovered trace amounts of marijuana in the front console, a Ruger .357 handgun in the trunk, and methamphetamines buried inside a bucket and covered with joint compound.  Record checks revealed prior narcotics arrests and felony charges for both individuals.  The man and woman were arrested and processed for state prosecution.

A second incident occurred at 2 p.m. on Wednesday just north of the U.S./Mexico International Border.  Agents patrolling the border near Campo observed footprints that led to a brown sack beneath some brush and filled with bundles of marijuana.  Agents continued tracking the footprints and found a second sack filled with additional bundles. The footprints eventually led back to Mexico and no arrests were made.  The two burlap sacks contained a total of seven bundles, which weighed 77.23 pounds and had an estimated street value of $46,338.

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021