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Border Patrol Arrests Suspected Cocaine Smuggler at Rest Stop

Release Date: 
June 19, 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.— U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man at a rest stop on Interstate 5 who had nearly one million dollars of cocaine hidden in his vehicle on Thursday.

Twenty five packages of cocaine were hidden inside several compartments in SUV including the rear floor board.

Twenty five packages of cocaine were hidden inside several compartments in SUV including the rear floor board.

At approximately 11:10 a.m., Border Patrol agents approached a 30-year-old male U.S. citizen at a rest stop six miles south of the San Clemente Border Patrol checkpoint. After a short conversation with the man, the agents searched his 2002 Ford Explorer.

Agents found and removed 25 packages of cocaine from hidden compartments throughout the vehicle. The bundles weighed 67 pounds and have an estimated street value of $871,000.

The man and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Last fiscal year San Diego Sector seized more than 1,697 pounds of cocaine.

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