Jamul, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the checkpoint on State Route 94 intercepted a commercial vehicle on Tuesday that had more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana concealed within pallets of stone.
Yesterday at approximately 3 p.m., agents encountered a 54-year-old male Mexican national driving a 1998 Volvo semi-tractor. A K-9 alerted at pre-primary and agents referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection. The truck bed contained several large mesh-wire baskets filled with rocks. A backscatter X-ray system detected anomalies during a non-intrusive inspection of the trailer and its cargo. Agents searched beneath the rocks and uncovered ten barrels, a large plastic bag, and five cardboard boxes filled with marijuana. The marijuana weighed approximately 1,541 pounds and had an estimated street value of $924,600.
The suspected smuggler was arrested and transported to the San Diego County Jail and faces state narcotics charges. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the commercial vehicle and truck bed were 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 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.