SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—Within a five-minute time period, Border Patrol agents intercepted two men at the San Clemente checkpoint attempting to smuggle marijuana on Wednesday.
The first incident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. Agents encountered a 31-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a 2011 Toyota Tacoma truck. The driver had a nervous demeanor and was referred for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the exterior of the vehicle resulting in an alert. The driver of the vehicle then admitted to transporting marijuana. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered four bundles of marijuana inside two backpacks in the back seat and less than one ounce of hashish inside a jar. The marijuana weighed 5.29 pounds and had an estimated street value of $7,935.
Five minutes later at approximately 7:20 p.m., a 35-year-old U.S. citizen driving a gray Chevrolet Tahoe arrived at the checkpoint. The vehicle was referred for a secondary inspection and a K-9 alerted to the SUV. A search of the vehicle revealed several black trash bags filled with bundles of marijuana behind the front seats of the vehicle. The drugs weighed 61.51 pounds and had an estimated street value of $92,265.
Records checks indicated that the subjects in both instances had prior convictions for the possession of narcotics for sale. The narcotics and subjects were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicles were 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.