Pine Valley, Calif. - Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the I-8 checkpoint near Pine Valley arrested a 26-year-old male United States citizen and his father, a 59-year-old Cuban citizen, for attempting to smuggle nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana inside the family's motor home trailer.
At approximately 12 p.m., agents encountered the son, a resident of Wasco, Calif., as he arrived at the I-8 checkpoint driving a 1996 GMC Utility truck. During inspection agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. As the son pulled into secondary, agents encountered the man's father as he arrived to the checkpoint driving a 1996 Winnebago motor home with a trailer in-tow. Agents also referred him for a secondary inspection.
During secondary inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the son's truck and the father's motor home and trailer which resulted in a positive alert to the trailer. Border Patrol Agents also utilized non-intrusive inspection technology and detected numerous anomalies in the center of the trailer. Agents discovered 23 cardboard boxes inside the trailer containing numerous bundles of marijuana with a total weight of nearly 1,200 pounds and an estimated street value of $714,900. Additionally, agents determined the father to be illegally present in the United States.
The suspected smugglers and drugs were taken into custody, and subsequently turned over to a multi-agency drug task force for federal prosecution. The vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation's borders.
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.