SAN DIEGO—Enforcement efforts by U.S. Border Patrol agents led to the seizure of narcotics valued at more than $1.2 million from three separate incidents yesterday in North County.
The first seizure occurred at about 9 a.m. on northbound Interstate 5, just north of the Border Patrol Checkpoint in San Clemente, where agents initiated a vehicle stop on a Ford Taurus sedan occupied by a 22-year-old driver and 28-year-old female passenger. The agents determined that the driver, a Mexican national, was not in possession of documents needed to travel within the U.S. A further investigation led agents to conduct a search of the vehicle by a Border Patrol K-9, which produced an alert that resulted in the seizure of nine bundles of crystal methamphetamine that was stashed inside a speaker box within the vehicle.
The methamphetamine had a total weight of 80.43 pounds, and an estimated street value of $804,300. The two occupants of the Ford Taurus were arrested and were later turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the narcotics.
The second seizure took place at the Border Patrol Checkpoint in San Clemente at about 1:30 p.m., when agents conducting checkpoint operations encountered a 2004 Toyota Corolla, occupied by a 31-year-old male driver. The vehicle was referred to a secondary inspection, where a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the vehicle, leading to the discovery of 4.6 pounds of black tar heroin that was hidden inside a fire extinguisher within the vehicle.
The heroin had an estimated street value of $55,200. The DEA took custody of the driver and the narcotics.
The third seizure took place on Mission Road, near the I-15 corridor in Rainbow, Calif., where agents stopped a 2000 Ford Focus occupied by a 37-year-old male driver. After agents received consent from the driver to search the vehicle, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the vehicle and agents subsequently seized 10 bundles of narcotics found inside a duffel back in the trunk of the vehicle.
The bundles contained 14.94 pounds of cocaine, which had an estimated street value of $239,400, and 9.75 pounds of heroin, valued at approximately $117,000. The driver and narcotics were turned over to the DEA.
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.