CBP Officers Seize $3.1 Million in Drugs, Capture 15 Fugitives
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry in the San Diego and Imperial Valley counties over the weekend intercepted more than 350 pounds of narcotics, valued at over $3.1 million, and captured 15 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants.
From Friday, Mar. 16 through Sunday, Mar. 18, CBP officers intercepted 231 pounds of methamphetamine, 52 pounds of cocaine, 19 pounds of heroin and 48 pounds of fentanyl. CBP officers discovered the narcotics hidden inside vehicles in various places, such as the seats, gas tank, spare tire, doors and floor.
"Narcotics smugglers try to conceal their illegal items in many voids naturally found in vehicles," said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. "CBP officers are well trained to search and find irregularities that might be used to elude detection."
During the same time period, 15 fugitives were arrested for various charges that included money laundering, stolen property, and probation violation.
CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States.
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.