SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a woman on Wednesday who had more than $500,000 of methamphetamine and cocaine hidden in her SUV.
At approximately 1:55 p.m., agents patrolling northbound Interstate 5, initiated a vehicle stop on a 2004 Ford Expedition near the San Clemente Border Patrol Checkpoint. After a brief conversation with the driver, a 24-year-old United States citizen, Border Patrol agents with the assistance of an Orange County Sheriffs K-9 unit, conducted a K-9 sniff which resulted in a positive alert to the vehicle.
Agents searched the interior of the SUV and discovered 28 packages wrapped in black plastic in the rear quarter panel. There were 18 packages of methamphetamine and 10 packages of cocaine.
The packages weighed a total of 46.52 pounds and the drugs have an estimated street value of $515,680.
Border Patrol agents arrested the woman and turned her and the narcotics over to agents from 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.