SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — On Friday, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man with a loaded gun who was transporting methamphetamine on Interstate 5.
At approximately 10:45 a.m., a 42-year-old male United States citizen arrived at the I-5 checkpoint driving a white 2002 Chevy Suburban. Agents referred the man to the secondary inspection area, where a K-9 sniff of the vehicle resulted in a positive alert. Agents searched and found 16 bundles of methamphetamine behind the vehicle’s firewall and a Sig Sauer 9-mm pistol loaded with 14 rounds that was in the center console.
The narcotics weighed approximately 9.72 pounds and has an estimated street value of nearly $97,200.
Agents arrested the man and turned him and the narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The gun was turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 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.
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.