Blaine, Wash. - The evening of April 27, 2012, Blaine Border Patrol agents patrolling the international boundary east of Blaine, Washington encountered three subjects in a heavily wooded area. Two of the subjects were wearing large camouflage backpacks. The two subjects who were wearing the backpacks discarded them and fled on foot in an attempt to elude agents. The third subject was quickly placed under arrest. After an extensive search the remaining two suspects were taken into custody.
Upon searching the backpacks it was discovered that they contained 30.260 kilograms of methamphetamine valued at $1,280,870 and 3.340 kilograms of cocaine valued at $66,805.
All three subjects were determined to be citizens of Mexico who had illegally entered the United States from Mexico. One subject is an aggravated felon who was held without bond and processed for reinstatement of a prior order of removal. The other two subjects were processed for removal proceedings and turned over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration for criminal prosecution related to narcotics trafficking.
CBP's Border Patrol remains focused on its priority mission of protecting America by preventing dangerous people and capabilities from entering the United States. We continue to target transnational criminal organizations that seek to profit from cross border smuggling.
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.