SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted a U.S. citizen yesterday afternoon who had nearly 30 pounds of crystal meth hidden in his truck.
At approximately 4 p.m., a 36-year-old man driving a 1996 Ford Ranger truck approached agents at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente. The man was referred for a secondary inspection and a K-9 team did a cursory inspection.
The K-9 alerted to the man’s truck and a search of the vehicle revealed cellophane-wrapped packages inside a non-factory compartment near the passenger-side front fender. Agents removed a total of 48 packages, which tested positive for crystal methamphetamine, from the left and right fenders. The drugs weighed 29.32 pounds and have an estimated street value of $293,200.
The man was arrested, booked into the Vista Detention Center, and faces state charges for smuggling narcotics. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and 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.