SAN DIEGO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry yesterday intercepted over 370 pounds of narcotics, with an estimated street value of $2.5 million.
On May 17, CBP officers intercepted, in three separate incidents 316 pounds of methamphetamine and 55 pounds of cocaine. CBP officers discovered the narcotics hidden inside vehicles in various places, such as the spare tire, rear seats and gas tank.
“CBP has many responsibilities protecting America’s borders and combating drug trafficking is one of them,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “These seizures showcase our commitment to the security of the nation and zero tolerance for the smuggling of narcotics.”
All drivers were arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center, awaiting arraignment.
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 on the CBP Enforcement Statistics webpage.
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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.