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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize More than 16 Pounds of Methamphetamine Worth an Estimated 326K

Release Date: 
March 1, 2013

SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 5 checkpoint in San Clemente seized more than 16 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $326,800 in three separate incidents on Thursday.

At approximately 8 a.m., San Clemente agents encountered a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen aboard a passenger bus. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the area resulting in an alert to a passenger's piece of luggage. Agents searched the luggage and discovered two packages containing more than four pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $81,000.

At approximately 9 a.m., San Clemente agents questioned a 37-year-old Mexican national aboard a commuter van after displaying nervous behavior. A Border Patrol K-9 team preformed a cursory inspection of the area resulting in an alert. Agents subsequently searched the individual and discovered three packages of methamphetamine attached to his lower back and thighs with a total weight of more than seven pounds and an estimated street value of $145,000.

 

U. S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Interstate 5 discover two packages containing methamphetamine inside a passenger's luggage.

U. S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Interstate 5 discover two packages containing methamphetamine inside a passenger's luggage.

At approximately 10 a.m., San Clemente agents encountered a 45-year-old U.S. citizen aboard a passenger bus. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the area, resulting in an alert to the passenger's luggage. Agents searched the luggage and discovered four packages of methamphetamine weighing 5.04 pounds and an estimated street value of $100,800.

All three subjects and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. The total weight of seized narcotics in these three separate incidents was more than 16 pounds with an estimated street value of $326,800.

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. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017