SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 5 arrested a man last night who had heroin and methamphetamine hidden inside his vehicle speakers.
At approximately 5 p.m., Border Patrol agents at the I-5 checkpoint referred a 26-year-old male Mexican national to secondary inspection. A K-9 sniff of the man’s 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer resulted in a positive alert. Agents searched the SUV and discovered 12 packages of narcotics inside a speaker box in the cargo area.
Eleven packages contained crystal methamphetamine and one package contained black tar heroin. The narcotics weighed 31.53 pounds and have an estimated street value of $320,160.
The man and drugs were turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Chevrolet Trailblazer was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Last fiscal year, the San Diego Sector intercepted 1,797 pounds of methamphetamine, which was an increase of 43.7 percent from the prior year, and intercepted 2,880 ounces of heroin, which was an increase of 45.4 percent from the prior year.
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.