SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to duties on Interstate 5 in Southern California prevented two narcotic smuggling attempts Tuesday near San Clemente.
The first incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. when agents encountered a 37-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2000 Nissan Sentra at the I-5 Border Patrol checkpoint. Agents became suspicious of the man and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection, which resulted in an alert to the trunk. Agents searched the trunk and discovered 29 bundles of cocaine and one bundle of heroin inside of a speaker box. The cocaine weighed 84.66 pounds and had an estimated street value of $931,260. The heroin weighed 2.32 pounds and had an estimated street value of $27,840.
The second incident occurred yesterday afternoon at approximately 7 p.m. when agents encountered a 37-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2009 Honda Accord in a parking lot in Oceanside, Calif., adjacent to Interstate 5. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert to the dashboard. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a bundle of methamphetamine hidden in the airbag compartment. The meth weighed 1.21 pounds and had an estimated street value of $24,200.
The suspected smugglers and narcotics involved in both incidents were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicles used in both narcotics smuggling events were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major 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.