SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente yesterday who had marijuana bundles hidden in the tires of her vehicle.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., agents encountered a 24-year-old female U.S. citizen driving a 2002 Nissan Xterra as it arrived at the checkpoint. The vehicle had a flat tire and the driver asked for assistance. As the driver pulled over, it appeared something was bouncing inside the wheel of the tire. A Border Patrol K-9 conducted a cursory inspection of the vehicle and alerted to the flat tire. Agents requested and received permission to search the SUV. Agents removed the four vehicle tires and discovered 24 bundles of marijuana in steel cases wrapped around the wheels. The bundles weighed 140.99 pounds and had an estimated street value of $211,485.
The suspected smuggler and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
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.