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.
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.