San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the ports of entry in San Diego County over the weekend seized narcotics valued at $821,000, arrested nine wanted fugitives, apprehended 191 illegal aliens, and assessed six penalties for prohibited agricultural items.
From 6 a.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. Monday, CBP officers at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and the Tecate ports of entry intercepted 11 smuggling attempts of marijuana and methamphetamine totaling 1,000 pounds. The drugs were hidden in various areas of the vehicles such as in the gas tank, in the quarter panels, and the spare tire.
All 11 vehicle and the narcotics were seized by CBP.
CBP officers captured nine individuals wanted on outstanding felony warrants for such crimes as homicide, larceny, and burglary during the three days.
Officers also stopped 191 illegal aliens from who attempted to illegally enter the country hidden within vehicles or by presenting fraudulent documents or valid documents not legally issued to them.
Of those apprehended, seven were aliens previously deported, five of which were criminal aliens; all seven were processed and charged criminally at the ports of entry.
Officers also prevented the entry of avocados, pork products, coconuts, and plant material, all prohibited, and assessed penalties of $2,250 over the weekend.
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.