CBP Officers Seize $2.5 Million in Drugs, Capture 9 Fugitives
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico over the weekend intercepted almost 700 pounds of narcotics, valued at over $2.5 Million, and captured 9 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants.
From Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 7, CBP officers intercepted 431 pounds of methamphetamine, 67 pounds of cocaine, seven pounds of heroin and 176 pounds of marijuana. CBP officers discovered the narcotics hidden inside vehicles in various places, such as the floor, rocker panels, tires and bumpers.
During the same time period a total of nine fugitives were arrested for various charges that included larceny, property damage and burglary.
“Every pound of narcotics seized by CBP officers is a pound off the streets and money that does not make it to the cartels,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego.
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
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.