Bi-National Collaboration Between U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican Authorities Leads to $200K Narcotics Seizure
TIJUANA, B.C., Mexico — Several pounds of narcotics were seized in Tijuana on July 19 as a result of a bi-national information-sharing effort between the U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican law enforcement officials.
Prior to the seizure, Border Patrol agents gained critical information regarding a shipment of narcotics in an area of Tijuana known as Villa Fontana. The information was relayed to a multiagency coordination law enforcement group in Mexico, including the Municipal Public Security Secretariat and the Secretariat of National Defense.
Based on the gained information, Tijuana Municipal Police and military personnel conducted a coordinated operation on Tuesday morning. The result of the operation included the seizure of 47 bundles of narcotics and the arrest of a 61-year-old man in connection with the narcotics.
The bundles contained a total of 51.86 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 0.56 grams of heroin. The estimated local street value of the narcotics was $207,593.
San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Richard Barlow said, “This seizure speaks volumes about the exceptional level of bi-national cooperation that the Border Patrol has with the government of Mexico. We fully intend to maintain this level of cooperation to further disrupt criminal organizations on both sides of the border.”