SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—San Diego Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a man yesterday who had 67 pounds of methamphetamine inside his truck.
At approximately 3 p.m., agents observed a 2006 Honda Ridgeline heading northbound on Interstate 5 near the San Clemente checkpoint. After initiating a vehicle stop, a nearby K-9 alerted to the 41-year-old Mexican national’s truck. A search revealed 14 bundles of methamphetamine hidden inside the truck’s spare tire compartment. The narcotics are worth approximately $677,500.
The driver was arrested for narcotics smuggling and turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
In fiscal year 2014, San Diego Sector intercepted 1,797 pounds of methamphetamine.
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.