PINE VALLEY, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a crystal meth smuggling attempt at the Pine Valley checkpoint early Monday morning.
At approximately 6:30 a.m., agents encountered a 34-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse as it arrived at the checkpoint. The driver displayed suspicious behaviors and was referred for secondary inspection. A nearby K-9 alerted to the vehicle as it drove into the secondary inspection area. Agents searched and discovered 21 bundles of crystal meth in the dashboard of the vehicle. The bundles weighed 23.55 pounds and had an estimated street value of $353,250.
The suspected smuggler is being held by the Department of Homeland Security for further investigation. The narcotics were turned over to a multi-agency drug task force; 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.