SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents seized a heroin and methamphetamine load valued at more than $400,000 on Tuesday on northbound Interstate 5 near San Clemente.
Shortly before noon, agents on patrol spotted a 1993 Ford F-150 pickup truck pulled over onto the shoulder of Interstate 5, about half a mile south of the Border Patrol checkpoint. A Border Patrol agent pulled over behind the truck to speak to the driver, a 27-year-old male Mexican national.
During the encounter, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the pickup truck. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 19 bundles of methamphetamine and brown heroin stashed inside the gas tank. The methamphetamine weighed 48.61 pounds and has an estimated street value of $165,274. The heroin weighed 28.66 pounds and has an estimated street value of $272,270. The combined value was $437,544.
“Due to the diligence of this K-9 team, we once again have prevented dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities,” stated Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge Jeffery Mielke.
The driver was arrested 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.