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Agents Nab Half a Million Dollars of Narcotics on I-5

Release Date: 
September 2, 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 5 intercepted a shuttle driver yesterday who had bundles of methamphetamine and cocaine stashed on top of his van.

Agents discovered  20 bundles of narcotics inside a spare tire.

Agents discovered 20 bundles of narcotics inside a spare tire.

At approximately 4 p.m., Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 5 checkpoint stopped a white Ford Econoline passenger van for an immigration check.  The 46-year-old U.S. citizen driver and his passengers disembarked and unloaded their luggage and a spare tire from the roof rack.  A cursory K-9 inspection produced a positive alert to the spare tire and agents discovered 20 bundles of narcotics stuffed inside.

Eighteen bundles were filled with methamphetamine and weighed 37.37 pounds.  Two bundles were filled with cocaine and weighed 9.59 pounds.  The 20 bundles have an estimated street value of $527,140.

Agents arrested the driver and turned him and the narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last fiscal year, the San Diego Sector intercepted 1,797 pounds of methamphetamine and 1,697 pounds of cocaine, which was an increase of 43.7 percent and 105 percent, respectively, 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017