SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two individuals during the week of July 4 attempting to smuggle more than $1 million dollars of methamphetamine and cocaine.
Yesterday, agents at the San Clemente checkpoint on I-5 encountered a 30-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 1995 Saturn sedan. The driver had a nervous demeanor and was referred for a secondary inspection. Upon questioning, the man admitted that he was transporting narcotics. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert to the trunk. Agents searched the trunk and discovered 18 bundles of methamphetamine. The bundles weighed 31.97 pounds and had an estimated street value of $639,400.
A second incident occurred earlier in the week near the I-15 checkpoint. On Wednesday, agents observed a suspicious vehicle traveling north at approximately 10:30 a.m. and initiated a vehicle stop. The 40-year-old female U.S. citizen was questioned and consented to a K-9 search of her 2002 Ford Explorer. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection resulting in an alert to the rear seat. Agents lowered the seat and found 17 bundles of cocaine inside the cargo bin. The bundles weighed 44.97 pounds and had an estimated street value of $494,670.
The suspected smugglers, drugs, and vehicles were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration in both instances.
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.