SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted a Mexican national yesterday who had 15 gallons of liquid methamphetamine inside his SUV.
At approximately 7 p.m., a 45-year-old male driving a 2003 Lincoln Navigator approached agents at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente and produced a B1/B2 Visa. He was referred for a secondary inspection in order to check for an I-94 document, which would allow the man to travel more than 25 miles from the international border.
Once in secondary inspection, a K-9 alerted to the man’s SUV. Agents searched his vehicle and found three five-gallon bottles of liquid methamphetamine, which was worth approximately $610,000.00.
The man was arrested and turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Last fiscal year, the San Diego Sector intercepted 1,797 pounds of methamphetamine, which was an increase of 43.7 percent from the prior year.
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.