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CBP in San Diego Makes Largest Methamphetamine Seizure at Sea

Release Date: 
August 24, 2010

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine interdiction agents Sunday stopped a U.S. citizen with 144 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of cocaine in a hidden compartment under the deck of his boat.

At about 12:30 p.m. on August 22, CBP marine interdiction agents on routine patrol stopped a private pleasure craft, a 1994 23-foot Bayliner with one male U.S. citizen on board, as it returned to the U.S. from Mexico.

The CBP marine interdiction unit, joined by a back-up vessel and crew with additional marine interdiction agents and a CBP officer, performed a boarding just outside of Mission Bay before escorting the pleasure boat and sole occupant to the CBP dock.

Vessel Stopped by CBP in Mission Bay

CBP Agents Seize Drugs inside Boat

Agents found a hidden compartment below the deck with 144 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $3 million.

This is CBP's largest methamphetamine seizure at sea off the coast of San Diego.

CBP turned the suspected smuggler over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with the Maritime Task Force, which is investigating the incident.

CBP's San Diego Air and Marine branch is a member of the San Diego Maritime Unified Command. The San Diego Maritime Unified Command, comprised of CBP, ICE, the Coast Guard, and other law enforcement partners, is an all-threats multi-agency approach to maritime law enforcement operating in the San Diego and Orange County maritime region.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017