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Border Patrol Arrests Sibling Smugglers on I-5

Release Date: 
August 20, 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.— U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man and his sister at the Interstate 5 checkpoint Wednesday who had six packages of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside a gym bag.

U.S Border Patrol agents arrested a man and his sister at the Interstate 5 checkpoint who had six packages of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside a gym bag.

U.S Border Patrol agents arrested a man and his sister at the Interstate 5 checkpoint who had six packages of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside a gym bag.

At approximately 9 a.m., Border Patrol agents referred a 24-year-old male driver and his 21-year-old female passenger for a secondary inspection at the San Clemente checkpoint on Interstate 5.  Routine questioning revealed that the two occupants were siblings and that the car belonged to the woman.

While in secondary inspection, a K-9 unit was used to perform a search of the 2005 Lexus IS300.  When the K-9 unit alerted to the car during the search, agents opened a gym bag on the back seat of the car and discovered six packages of crystal methamphetamine.  The six bundles weighed 14.11 pounds and have an estimated street value of $141,100.

The driver, his sister, and the narcotics were turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Last fiscal year San Diego Sector seized 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017