PINE VALLEY, Calif.—Wednesday, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican citizen at the Interstate 8 checkpoint. The individual is suspected of smuggling narcotics valued at more than $361,000.
At approximately 10:15 a.m., agents at the checkpoint encountered a 48-year-old man driving a 2007 silver Mazda CX-9. A K-9 team conducted a cursory sniff of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert.
Agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for a more thorough examination. Border Patrol agents discovered eight packages containing cocaine and five containing methamphetamine hidden inside a non-factory compartment.
The cocaine weighed 22.4 pounds and has an estimated street value of $291,200. The methamphetamine weighed seven pounds and has an estimated street value of $70,100.
The man was arrested and faces Federal charges. The drugs 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.
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.