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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Agents Foil Two Smuggling Attempts

Release Date: 
July 23, 2012

San Diego -U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents recently prevented a narcotic smuggling attempt and a human smuggling attempt, both at the border.

Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 15 checkpoint located methamphetamine in a Ford F-150 truck.

Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 15 checkpoint located methamphetamine in a Ford F-150 truck.

On the evening of July 17, agents encountered a 38-year-old Mexican male national driving a 1997 Ford F-150 at the Interstate 15 checkpoint near Temecula. During the inspection, agents became suspicious of the man's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a bag of methamphetamine inside a non-factory compartment under the manifold. The methamphetamine weighed 9.92 pounds and had an estimated street value of $198,400. The subject and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by CBP Border Patrol.

The second event occurred on the morning of July 19, when agents encountered an unmarked white utility van near the U.S./Mexico International Border, approximately five miles west of the San Ysidro port of entry. Border Patrol agents observed the van drive toward the U.S./Mexico boundary fence on a dirt road not accessible to the public where a large group of individuals entered the vehicle. Agents stopped the van, questioned the occupants and determined all 35 occupants, including the driver, were Mexican nationals in the United States illegally. The group was transported to a local Border Patrol station for processing and further investigation. The driver is being held in Department of Homeland Security custody pending criminal prosecution for alien smuggling.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the CBP U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation's borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017