US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep CBP.gov current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

Border Patrol Agents Nab Drug Load at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
March 19, 2015

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.

13 bundles of narcotics, valued at more than $361,000, stuffed in car compartment.

13 bundles of narcotics, valued at more than $361,000, stuffed in car compartment

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.

Last fiscal year, San Diego Sector seized more than 1,690 pounds of cocaine and more than 1,790 pounds of methamphetamine. 

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