CBP Intercepts Cache of Narcotics worth $468,000
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the San Ysidro port of entry intercepted cache of narcotics valued at $468,000.
Shortly after 4:30 a.m., on March. 5, CBP officers encountered a 23-year-old man after he entered the port of entry driving a 2015 Dodge Ram. A CBP canine team was roving when the canine gave a positive alert to the truck.
CBP officers used the port’s imaging system, which revealed anomalies in the dashboard. Officers later extracted 33 pounds of fentanyl, two pounds of heroin, 10 pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of methamphetamine. The estimated street value of the narcotics is $468,000.
The driver, a United States citizen, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt. CBP officers turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. He was transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await arraignment.
“Fentanyl is a very dangerous narcotic that could have deadly consequences if not handled properly,” said Officer in Charge Ed Avila. “CBP officers and canine teams working together to intercept narcotics and keep them from seeping into our communities.”
CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.
CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States. Those statistics can be found here: CBP-enforcement-statistics
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.