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Border Patrol Seize more than $1.3M of Narcotics on I-5

Release Date: 
March 27, 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—On Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two men, one north of the Interstate 5 checkpoint and the second one at the checkpoint.  Together they had more than $1.3 million dollars’ worth of hard narcotics.

Agents discovered 69 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the rocker panels of the vehicle.

Agents discovered 69 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the rocker panels of the vehicle.

The first arrest occurred when agents on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle heading north and initiated a vehicle stop at Crown Valley Parkway at approximately 1:30 p.m. The driver of the 2008 Toyota Camry was a 44-year-old U.S. citizen who indicated he was traveling to the San Fernando Valley area. Agents requested and received permission to conduct a K-9 sniff of the sedan. The K-9 search resulted in a positive alert. Agents searched the vehicle and found multiple bundles of narcotics hidden inside a false compartment. The packages contained 1.21 pounds of black tar heroin, 17.20 pounds of China White heroin, and 22.38 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, and have an estimated street value of $573,720.

Hours later, a second arrest took place at the Interstate 5 checkpoint. The driver, a 25-year-old U.S. citizen, arrived at the checkpoint driving a 2001 Toyota Solara and was referred to secondary inspection. At secondary, the driver consented to a K-9 sniff of the vehicle that resulted in a positive alert. Agents searched and discovered 69 packages of methamphetamine in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle. The methamphetamine weighed a total of 82.36 pounds and has an estimated street value of $823,600.

The narcotic bundles from both events have a total estimated street value of $1,397,320. The two men and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Last fiscal year, San Diego Sector seized more than 2,880 ounces of heroin and more than 1,790 pounds of methamphetamine. 

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017