Border Patrol Vehicle Stops Lead to Pair of Narcotics Seizures
SAN DIEGO—This week, Border Patrol agents seized two narcotics loads from separate vehicle stops on the Interstate 5 and 15 freeways in North County.
The latest seizure took place on Thursday at about 6 p.m., when agents stopped a Jeep Grand Cherokee on northbound Interstate 5, near the Border Patrol checkpoint.
During the vehicle stop, agents conducted a K-9 sniff of the vehicle, which led to the discovery of four bundles of cocaine stashed in a box of baby wipes located in the trunk of the vehicle. The total weight of the bundles of cocaine was 8.8 pounds.
Agents arrested a man and woman, both 28 years old, after the discovery.
This incident follows a separate seizure that took place on Wednesday afternoon. At about 3:30 p.m., agents stopped a Ford Fusion on Interstate 15 northbound, near Rainbow, Calif. A K-9 sniff of the Ford Fusion led agents to uncover 12 bundles of narcotics located inside the vehicle’s rocker panels. The bundles contained a total of 9.8 pounds of cocaine and 8.34 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.
A 23-year-old woman and 19-year-old man were arrested after this incident.
The total estimated street value from both seizures is $305,688.
The suspected smugglers and narcotics from both incidents were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Fusion 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.