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Border Patrol Agents Arrest Cocaine Smuggler at I-5 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
March 11, 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—Monday evening, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man at the Interstate 5 checkpoint who had nearly half a million dollars worth of cocaine hidden in his SUV.

Fifteen cocaine bundles were hidden inside the spare tire of a car.

Fifteen cocaine bundles were hidden inside the spare tire of a car.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., the 25-year-old U.S. citizen arrived at the I-5 checkpoint driving a 2002 Lexus RX300.  He was referred to the secondary inspection area, where a K-9 sniff of the SUV resulted in a positive alert.  Agents searched and found a small amount of marijuana hidden under the front passenger seat.  Agents continued their search and discovered additional narcotics inside the vehicle’s spare tire.

Fifteen cocaine bundles were removed from the tire.  The bundles weighed 37.95 pounds and have an estimated street value of $493,350.  The man and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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