SAN DIEGO—Within the past 24 hours, Border Patrol agents were involved in a pair of incidents that produced four arrests, the seizure of a firearm, and more than $250,000 worth of narcotics.
The first incident occurred on Wednesday at about 5 p.m., as agents stopped a 2006 Volkswagen Passat, occupied by a 32-year-old driver and 23-year-old female passenger, on Interstate 15 in Temecula, Calif. During the stop, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted agents to the interior of the vehicle. Agents then discovered four bundles of brown heroin and five bundles of cocaine stashed inside the lining of two small ice chests.
The heroin had a total weight of 6.90 pounds, with an estimated street value $93,900. The cocaine weighed 10.03 pounds with an estimated street value $160,480. The suspects were arrested and currently face state charges for transporting narcotics.
In a separate incident, agents arrested two male Vietnamese nationals who were in possession of a small amount of crystal methamphetamine and an improvised firearm. The arrest took place this morning at about 1:15 a.m. in Campo, Calif., where agents stopped a 2013 Honda Odyssey occupied by the men. Agents determined that both the 50-year-old driver and 44-year-old passenger were in the U.S. illegally. Agents then discovered that the passenger possessed 3.44 grams of crystal methamphetamine, as well as a zip gun inside the vehicle.
Agents arrested the two men, who had extensive criminal backgrounds and prior deportations. The driver is currently in DHS custody, facing removal proceedings. The passenger was turned over to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, along with the narcotics and firearm.
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.