SAN DIEGO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry along the California/Mexico border over the weekend seized 483 pounds of narcotics valued at about $1.1 million and apprehended 18 fugitives, including a man wanted for homicide.
CBP officers at the six land ports of entry intercepted nine smuggling attempts involving marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin. The drugs were hidden in various areas of the vehicles such as in the gas tank, in the undercarriage, quarter panels and the seats.
Two enforcement actions that occurred at the Otay Mesa port of entry are highlighted below:
On Friday, Oct. 25, shortly before 12:00 p.m., officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry referred a 19-year-old female and 21-year-old male passenger driving a 2012 Ford Focus for further examination.
While conducting an intensive inspection, CBP officers discovered liquid methamphetamine concealed within a container of antifreeze and other household products that had been stored throughout the vehicle.
A total of 21.52 pounds of methamphetamine was seized, valued at approximately $430,000.
The driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens and residents of Chula Vista, were arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents.
Later in the weekend, on Sunday, Oct. 27, a CBP officer referred a 38-year-old male for additional inspection after he arrived at the port of entry driving a 1993 Ford Ranger.
During the inspection, a CBP canine team received an alert from the detector dog, leading officers to the discovery of 5.6 pounds of heroin hidden inside a fire extinguisher located in the bed of the truck. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $78,400.
The driver, a U.S. citizens and resident of Tijuana, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await arraignment.
CBP officers also captured 18 other individuals wanted on outstanding felony warrants for such crimes as larceny, burglary, fraud, dangerous drugs, and parole violations.
CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.
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.