SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 5 checkpoint in San Clemente yesterday seized 61 bundles of narcotics from the vehicle of a 22-year-old man.
On Wednesday at around 7 p.m., agents encountered a 2005 Nissan Frontier driven by a male Mexican national who was illegally residing in the U.S. After the initial checkpoint inspection, the driver was referred to secondary inspection, where a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the front doors of the truck.
During a closer inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered 59 bundles of methamphetamine and two bundles of hashish inside three duffel bags. In all, agents confiscated 73.04 pounds of methamphetamine and 4.45 pounds of hashish. The narcotics were valued at $473,960.
The man was arrested for narcotics smuggling and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the narcotics. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
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.