SAN DIEGO – Over the holiday weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico intercepted almost 270 pounds of narcotics, valued at over $1.4 million. A total of 14 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants were also captured.
From the period of Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, CBP officers intercepted 88 pounds of methamphetamine, 34 pounds of cocaine, 27 pounds of heroin and 120 pounds of marijuana. CBP officers discovered the narcotics hidden inside vehicles in various places such as the seats, spare tire and gas tank.
During the same time period, the 14 fugitives were arrested for various charges that included assault, felony homicide, parole violation and vandalism.
A significant interception occurred on May 28, when a 39-year-old male U.S. citizen entered through San Ysidro port of entry and officers determined he was wanted by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Littleton, CO, for multiple charges, including homicide.
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 on the CBP Enforcement Statistics webpage.
Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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.