San Clemente, Calif.—Over the weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 5 arrested two men suspected of smuggling narcotics valued at $1,935,385.
On Friday at approximately 2 p.m., a 36-year-old Mexican national was stopped by agents who were patrolling I-5. A K-9 alerted to the man’s GMC Yukon and agents conducted a search.
Agents discovered three cooler chests located inside the vehicle, two in the rear, one behind the driver. Agents opened the coolers and discovered 15 bundles of narcotics hidden behind the lining of all three coolers. The bundles included 7.61 pounds of methamphetamine, 10.36 pounds of cocaine, and 5.62 pounds of heroin. Agents also located two plastic bags of meth and a glass pipe under the back seat. The drugs had an estimated street value of $285,565. The man was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for prosecution. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Saturday morning, a 38-year-old U.S. citizen arrived at the I-5 checkpoint in a 2012 Nissan cargo van. A K-9 alerted to the man’s vehicle and agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection. A search of the van revealed 113 bundles of marijuana inside the cargo area. The drugs weighed 2,750 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1,649,820. The man, narcotics, and vehicle were turned over to a DEA task force.
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.