Pine Valley, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley arrested a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen yesterday for attempting to smuggle more than 436 pounds of cocaine.
Agents encountered the man at approximately 3:20 p.m., as he arrived at the checkpoint driving a silver 1998 Ford Mustang. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol canine team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the trunk.
Upon further inspection, agents discovered 62 bundles of cocaine in the trunk totaling 436.3 pounds with an estimated street value of $4,363,000.
The suspected smuggler and the illicit drugs were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Ford Mustang was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation's borders. To report suspicious activity related to border security, please call (619) 498-9900.