PINE VALLEY, Calif.—San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man at the I-8 Checkpoint with more than $330,000 of methamphetamine hidden inside the undercarriage of his vehicle.
At approximately 5:25 p.m., a 28-year-old United States citizen arrived at the I-8 checkpoint driving a 2003 Ford Ranger pick-up truck. As the vehicle approached the checkpoint, a K-9 team working at the primary inspection area alerted to the vehicle. Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection for further examination.
In the secondary inspection area, agents discovered 25 cellophane wrapped bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside an aftermarket compartment underneath the front seats.
Agents arrested the man and turned him and the narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
The drugs weighed 33.70 pounds and have an estimated street value of $337,000.
CBP’s strategy to secure our Nation’s borders is based on a “defense in depth” philosophy. This includes the use of Border Patrol interior checkpoints to interdict all threats to border security attempting to egress into the interior portions of our Nation. During fiscal year 2014, San Diego Sector intercepted 1,797 pounds of methamphetamine, mostly at their checkpoints.
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.